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Back when "Flying Was Fun" Alexandra Smythe and Cate Clarke were Flight Attendants with a Major International Carrier. Prior to Private Jets coming into vogue, Alexandra and Cate traveled in the First Class World, meeting and greeting the top celebrities, politicians who would become Presidents, nouveau riche, and yes the occasional Headline Grabbing Criminal in Handcuffs!

What the two ladies viewed and experienced became fodder for the School of Flaunt, so much money, such bad taste and oh those terrible manners. Something had to be done! Hence, The School of Flaunt Handbook was born. Read More

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The Thank You Note

Category: Stay Out of Etiquette Hell!  |  Permalink

Published: Friday, January 10, 2014

 

 

The School of Flaunt Guide to Modern Manners

Or

HOW TO STAY OUT OF ETIQUETTE HELL!

The Thank You Note

Our first tome will be to discuss the simple Thank You note. Yes, it has come to the attention of The School of Flaunt that this small token of appreciation is falling by the wayside of modern manners. Well, we are here to tell you people that the well-heeled and those with any degree of style or sophistication STILL write a THANK YOU note! Yes, you see we capitalized the word STILL.

Nothing compares to a lovely piece of stationery or even a card from Hallmark that expresses your thanks. And nothing is more special to a Grandparent than a handwritten note from their grandchild telling their favorite Mimi or Papa how much they love their gift.

Now we might add here that you can consider a modern touch to this note of thanks. "What," you ask? So simple. We know you are curious. In your thank you note tell them to check out You Tube! Make up a You Tube video of the recipient wearing said gift, eating said gift, using said gift etc. You get the picture or video now. We know bad pun. How much fun would that be for the gifter to receive too? LOTS!

Our second suggestion after writing said Thank You note would be to send pictures to the gifter's cell phone that they can show everyone. And lastly, there is always posting on Facebook.

BUT REMEMBER, even if you use You Tube, phone pics or post on Facebook there is still nothing like a personal note, written by the receiver of said gift. Capish! And please we are begging you here NEVER send a thank you note by e-mail or TEXT! We feel a migraine coming on thinking about this tacky form of a thank you! You receive a lovely gift from Tiffany's and you TEXT the giver: Oh TX. Say goodbye to that generous friend or relative!! We can hear them now saying, "Gee thanks, I'll put that in a folder to save for the future!"

So start them out young. And if your parents didn't teach you how to write a thank you note it is really simple:

Salutation, then thank you for _____, why you like it, when you plan on using it, and lastly thank you for this special gift. Then sign your name!!

Pick up your pen now, some nice stationery and start writing those thank you notes for those Christmas gifts. (For those five and under, crayons and paper will do.)

Your Divas of Good Taste and Fine Manners,

Alexandra Smythe and Cate Clarke

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