Practice Your Handwriting

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You’ll probably attend a party and maybe even spend a few weekends at a friend's beach house this summer, if you’re lucky.

Want a guarantee that you'll be invited back? Read on.

When you get home, resist the temptation to shoot off an email thanking your hostess. Instead, try a more personal approach. In a world where written correspondence is a slowly-fading art form, the rare hand-written “thank you” note leaves a much more valuable and lasting impression on its recipient.

There are so many beautiful stationery designs available (check out these pretty sets from Galison or the custom-made cards from Cheree Berry), but don’t feel like you have to spend a lot of money, it’s more about the gesture and a simple Hallmark card can surely do the trick.

Once you’ve got the card, check out ehow.com for thank you card etiquette, open your address book, find a stamp and send it off.

Your hostesses will appreciate your sweet note and you just might be enjoying her beach house all summer long!

Rachel

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