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Magic might seem unreal, far off or make-believe. It may seem like something that requires some weird conjuring and stuff. Magic isn’t always found in activities like this.
Often times, its most potent forms can be found in the smallest gestures. A simple thank you for lunch note can perform the magic of brightening someone’s day and inspiring brilliant sparks of joy on their face.
Thank you notes, though they may seem flimsy and irrelevant, can have effects comparable to the butterfly effect, which means they could have a greater reach than you realize.
Thank you notes, such as ‘thank you for lunch’ make a relationships stronger. It takes many weak points to make a strong bond, so what seems small may, over time, solidify a strong friendship.
In your place of work, with your colleagues, it is important to build positive relationships based on respect, since you do see them more than your actual family!
Here are some advantages and proven upsides to sending ‘thank you notes’ if you are still in doubt as to what something as simple as a thank you note can do.
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Thank you for lunch! Lunch is an awesome opportunity to stay in touch with others, make new friends, take a break with a co-worker, celebrate a birthday, and meet with business contacts. Example thank-you notes for lunch are included at the end of this post.
Does every lunch situation require a thank you note? Not always. In the situations below where I recommend not writing a thank-you note, you absolutely can still send a thank-you note if you want to. These are the guidelines I follow. You should do what you feel is right for you and your situation.
My friend Alice and I take turns buying each other lunch almost every week. We are not writing thank you notes to each other for this each week. That would be too many and they would lose their meaning since we are having lunch together weekly. For the casual lunch with a friend a thank you note is not needed when one person treats the other. However, if you feel inclined to do so, you can still send a thank you note!
What a nice gesture! This could be unexpected or planned. Perhaps, the co-worker is taking you to lunch to thank you for something you helped them with. This type of lunch falls into the casual category and a thank you note is not needed (unless you want to!).
Sometimes, my boss will take my entire team to lunch. The company is picking up the tab. He had to organize it and take time for lunch with the team. So I recommend thanking the boss for the team lunch.
If your boss takes only to lunch then please read: Writing your boss a thank you note for lunch which covers the when, why, and how to thank the boss. And a few tips too!
The first time you have lunch with a mentor, I recommend writing them a thank you note. This will let the person know you sincerely appreciate the help and advice they are giving you. It will also help emphasize the importance of your relationship with them. They took time out of their day to meet with you!
Dan Miller’s book 48 Days to the Work You Loveincludes one step do on each of the 48 days. Step 47 is to have lunch with a millionaire. While you are picking up the tab for the lunch, you should still thank the person for their time and advice with a follow-up note.
Birthdays are special. Following up with a thank-you note is a wonderful way to recognize the celebration of your birthday. If you feel your relationship with whoever took you out is too casual for a handwritten thank-you note, then I recommend a thank-you email.
Did someone surprise you by taking you out for lunch? Did this treat make your day? Respond by sending the person a thank-you note. It may surprise them!
Thank you for taking me to lunch at [restaurant name]. I am grateful for our friendship and had fun at lunch. It was a nice treat for me and it made my day.
I was very surprised that you took me to lunch! I enjoy helping you at work and didn’t expect this. I appreciate the recognition and I liked getting to know you a bit better during lunch.
Thank you for agreeing to have lunch with me. I am grateful for the advice you gave me around [mentoring topic]. I was also able to relate to your story about how you get started with [mentoring topic].
I learned a great deal about [mentoring topic] at lunch last week. I appreciate the time you took out of your day to meet with me. I’ve already begun to take action on your advice. I will send you a follow up in a couple of weeks describing the results I’ve seen.
Thank you for the lunch treat! [Restaurant name] is one of my favorites. I had a nice time catching up with you as well. We should do this more often.
I love our birthday lunch tradition! Thank you for taking me to [restaurant name] for my birthday lunch this year.
Thanks for lunch! I had a wonderful time chatting. I was excited to learn that we both love [shared interest]. I will treat you to lunch next time and we can continue our discussion.
Thanks for treating me to lunch. That was a welcome surprise as you know my budget is tight lately and I love going out to eat. I had a nice time and look forward to seeing you again soon.
Thank you for the lunch. I enjoyed hearing about what has been going on in your life lately. We should catch up more often. Let’s plan to have lunch at least once a month going forward.
Thank you for the birthday lunch. I look forward to it each year. I was surprised that you took me to [restaurant name]! It’s so fancy! I loved every minute of it and the bacon wrapped scallops were great.
What do you typically write thank-you notes for lunch?
Everyone likes to be appreciated. Thanking someone for a business lunch is common courtesy and good business. How you go about it, and when you thank someone, determines how effective your thanks will be. One successful former CEO thanks everyone who attends her business lunches – even when she picks up the bill. Smart!
Julia Stewart, the longtime CEO of Dine Equity, the parent group of Appleby's and IHOP, is meticulous about when and how she thanks partners in a business lunch. She always thanks everyone, regardless of who paid for the lunch. She thanks attendees for their company, for giving up valuable time, and for the information and strategies they may have shared. The question of who picked up the check is almost immaterial.
These thanks always come within 48 hours; often, they arrive the next day. You don't want the other person wondering whether you will follow up or not.
Before the world went digital, authorities on business etiquette recommended handwritten Thank You notes sent via first-class mail. When a quick response was necessary, the alternatives were overnight mail or courier.
Now, Julia Stewart and nearly all contemporary executives send an email in all instances. Quite often, a handwritten note will follow – especially, if the other person contributed a useful strategy, factual knowledge or paid for the meal – but first, the quick-response email.
If you've read early 20th advice from Emily Post, you'll notice how detailed and specific the instructions are: which closing inscriptions are okay in specific circumstances. For example, the closing inscription for a personal letter "Faithfully Yours" was recommended for a male letter writer. Others, such as "Warmly Yours," were denounced as "unspeakable."
A century later, we're less formal and less judgmental. In most cases, you'll thank someone for a business lunch in the same tone you'd speak with them if you were sitting across from each other. If it's a pre-existing personal relationship, you could write something like this:
"Hey, Jeff - Was great to see you again. Thanks for the baked scallops at Legal Sea Food, and for the useful discussion about the Smith account. Good and welcome advice!
If it's purely a business relationship, you'll probably be a little less casual, but not formal:
It was a pleasure to spend time with you today. Thanks for a delicious meal, and for your good advice on the Smith account. I appreciate it.
In both cases, though, the tone is relatively informal and is written the way you'd speak with the recipient in person or over the phone. In her day, Emily Post was the etiquette expert, but that level of formality has passed.
Another difference between letter writing in the early 20th century and now is the volume of correspondence we receive. It's a lot and the volume continues to rise. In 2019, it's estimated that the average business executive will receive more than 120 emails each day. If each email averages 100 words, that's 12,000 words a day. If the average email is 50 words, that's 6,000 words a day.
Brevity is the soul of wit. Resist rambling on, even if you think your words are fascinating or a source of great wisdom. They may be, but they take too much time. The two email examples above are less than 30 words. For most Thank You letters, that's about right. Never write more than 100 words.
You may want to follow up an email with a personal, handwritten note. Sending an appropriate note doesn't require a lengthy or complex protocol. It's not what you say – but that you took the time to buy stationery and then penned a warm note and mailed it.
In general, handwritten notes should be a follow-up, not the original communication. The most important thing when responding with a Thank You note is to email it quickly. Then, if you think a handwritten note is appropriate, follow up with a penned note the same week.
I am a retired Registered Investment Advisor with 12 years experience as head of an investment management firm. I also have a Ph.D. in English and have written more than 4,000 articles for regional and national publications.
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Below are 25 thank you note examples will help inspire you to write your boss a thank-you note for taking your team to lunch!
For more information on the when and why to thank your boss for lunch check out this post (there are tips too!).
If your lunch was with only the boss check out these examples.
Items in brackets, such as [restaurant name] should be replaced with the actual restaurant name or whatever is indicated within the bracket.
The examples include only the body of the thank-you note. When writing your thank-you note, you will need to include an opening and closing.
I encourage you to customize them as appropriate so that they sound like they come from you!
Thanks for taking the team out to lunch. Spending time together outside of the office helps us to bond as a team. It was a nice opportunity to get to know the newer people better.
Wow! Lunch at [fancy restaurant name] was great. It feels awesome to work at a place that has the budget for an expensive meal. And the dessert was awesome too. This is a great team! I’m so proud of what this team has been able to accomplish.
I had a great time at [restaurant name] with the team. Thank you for taking us out. It is a nice memory for our team and helped us get to know each other better.
The team lunch this week was amazing. Thank you for taking us out and getting to know us better and giving us a chance to get to know you. I was happy to learn that your family has two [animal type]!
I really like this team! I look forward to the weekly team lunch every week. Thanks for ordering in from [restaurant name] this week. It really hit the spot and I like trying new food.
It was very thought provoking and should help us improve our productivity. Thank you for arranging the private room at [restaurant name] as it allowed us to easily hear whatever one was saying.
Celebrating the promotions on the team last week was fun. I like being on a team that recognizes accomplishments! Thanks for taking all of us out. Hopefully, we will have a reason to do it again soon.
Lunch was awesome yesterday! The food and time spent with the team were both amazing. I enjoyed interacting with you and the others. Thank you!
My stomach is still sore from laughing so much at lunch yesterday. Thank you for uniting the team with your humorous stories. This was a lunch we will never forget.
I was very surprised that you took us to [fancy restaurant name] for lunch. The environment made it feel like more than just another team lunch. Thank you for recognizing our efforts on making the sales deal with [customer name].
What an amazing lunch yesterday. Thank you for taking us to [restaurant name]. I like going there for team lunches as we can hear everyone at the table talking.
Thanks for the welcome lunch at [restaurant name]. I had a nice time and enjoyed getting to know the rest of the team better. I was able to connect with [new coworker] as we watch some of the same TV programs. I feel like I made a friend because of the lunch as so far we’ve been too busy to socialize much in the office.
The team lunch was fun yesterday. I am thankful that we were all able to make it and that went to [restaurant name] which is one of my favorite restaurants. I appreciate the company picking up the tab too! It feels good to be recognized for our hard work.
I enjoyed bonding with the team. I liked getting to know each other better by hearing everyone’s answers to your atypical icebreaker questions. You are very creative! Thanks again for lunch!
A team enjoying lunch
I suggest we have team lunches more often! I had a great time with the team yesterday. [Coworker] is very funny outside of the office. Thanks for taking us out!
Thank you for the team lunch. Discussing [book name] with the team at lunch was a wonderful idea. I got more out of the book by hearing what others have learned from it.
I enjoyed the team lunch last week. Asking everyone to share their most memorable moment while working on [fun project name] was fun and gave us a chance to hear from everyone. Thank you for treating us to lunch at [restaurant name].
Having a team lunch on the picnic tables was a creative way to have a team lunch with no cost to the company. Thank you for organizing it and encouraging everyone to bring their own lunch from home. The variety of lunch items was amazing and gave us a lot to talk about other than work. It turns out I am not the only food snob in the group!
Thank you for the two-hour team lunch! I am glad you arranged it when the whole team could go and no one needed to feel rushed. The lunch helped to build my camaraderie with the others. I was excited to learn that [coworker name] volunteers at the humane society.
I had a great time at the team lunch. Thanks for treating us to [restaurant name]. Getting away from the office was a nice break. Time well spent on team bonding.
Thank you for arranging the team lunch. Free lunch on the company is an enjoyable treat. I liked visiting with you and the others and getting to know everyone better.
Thanks for the team lunch on [day of week]. I really enjoyed the [dish name]. It was delicious! I am grateful to have been introduced to [restaurant name] and spending time with the team was nice too.
Food can bring people together like nothing else. Thank you for taking the team out. I had a nice time visiting with other team members and look forward to the next team lunch.
Lunch at [fancy restaurant name] felt extra special! I’m proud of our team for winning the teamwork award this quarter. Thank you for recognizing our accomplishment with an awesome lunch.
Having lunch with the other team was fun. I liked being able to get to know more people in the department. Thanks for making the lunch possible and for covering the cost as well. What a treat for all of us!
Last week’s lunch was the best team lunch so far! [name] is very funny and keeps the conversation going. I am thankful that our company allows for quarterly team lunches. Maybe next time we can go to [restaurant name].
I hope you found these examples helpful!
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