Lunch with the boss is a great perk of the job, but only if you’re able to make it successful. A thank you note can help improve your chances for future lunches, so be sure to write one after your next meal together. Here are some examples of things to say in your note.
#1 You’re an outstanding lunch host. Your gift is to be a true friend and colleague, and you made me feel extremely welcome during the meal. It felt like we were all enjoying a casual setting together with great food—and it was all thanks to you.
#2 I had a wonderful time at the restaurant you chose for us to meet over lunch. Thank you again for hosting this event and giving me a chance to get to know everyone else in the office better.
#3 It was good to kick back and have a nice chat/meal with others from the company who I might not otherwise get so much face-time with! This makes our work environment more collegial, which has been proven to help productivity, so thank you very much for your thoughtfulness in arranging a lunch for us!
#4 Thank you for the great conversation and the chance to get to know everyone. We had a wonderful time, and it was a pleasure meeting some of your associates from other offices. I am looking forward to more opportunities like this in the future.
#5 I enjoyed spending time with you getting to know you better outside of our usual work setting. Thank you once again for treating us all out to lunch—it was definitely enjoyable and very delightful food!
#6 Thanks so much for organizing our company luncheon last week at X restaurant. The location was really nice, and we appreciate that you went out of your way/budget to make this happen for us! I look forward to going out together again in the future.
#7 Thank you for hosting lunch at your home/office with all of us. It was a positive step outside our usual work environment, which will ultimately bring more cohesion to the company and help us get more done in a better way. We’re so grateful for being treated to such a lovely meal!
#8 I am very appreciative that you hosted a fun and enjoyable event at one of my favorite restaurants—and even more so because it was an opportunity to connect further with my co-workers. I haven’t felt this comfortable at work since day 1, and I hope we can continue these outings together in the future!
#9 It’s nice to take a break every now and then from the usual routine, which is why I really appreciate things like lunches that allow us all some time away from what we usually do at work. Thank you so much for organizing such an enjoyable experience, and for including me.
#10 I was really glad to be able to get lunch with you last week. Thank you so much for your generosity and for taking the time out of your day to have a meal with me. It means a lot!
#11 Last week’s lunch gave us a great opportunity to get to know each other better, and I appreciate it very much. After everything is said and done at work, it’s important that we still have good personal relationships with everyone on the team–and it definitely seems like that’s going to happen here. Thanks again!
#12 It is always wonderful when our paths cross outside of the office, which is why it meant so much when you invited me to lunch yesterday! I enjoyed getting some extra face-time with you and all of the other team members. Thank you for making us something delicious to eat, too!
#13 Thank you again for inviting me to lunch last week. It was a wonderful experience that I will always remember. I hope that we can do it again in the very near future!
#14 You went out of your way to invite me out for a meal last Tuesday during our busy afternoon. Thank you so much for doing this because it meant a lot to me and gave us a chance to get some work done together face-to-face. The food was great, and I look forward to going back there again soon.
#15 I had such an amazing time at the lunch that you helped organize yesterday–and as always, thank you for your wonderful company! It is great to work for someone who always makes time to go out with the team.
#16 Your thoughtfulness in arranging a lunch meeting means a lot, and I thank you for it. This was an excellent opportunity to catch up on some of our projects together outside of the office environment, and I am truly grateful.
#17 Thank you for taking us all out to lunch yesterday—it was so much fun getting to know everyone better. You were right about that new restaurant-the food was amazing!
#18 It’s really nice when we get the chance to enjoy some fresh air during our lunch break–and thank you for making sure that happened yesterday! The weather was beautiful, but even if it hadn’t been I would have had a great time with all of you.
#19 We had an excellent turnout for our last lunch meetup and I’m sure we’ll do even better next time! Thank you for making this such a fun event and arranging the meal. We really appreciate it.
#20 Your generosity has really made me feel like part of the team, and I am truly grateful for that. You have no idea how much your thoughtfulness means to us–we cannot thank you enough!
#21 Thank you so very, very much for organizing yesterday’s lunch meeting! It was such a pleasant experience, and I truly appreciated the effort that went into inviting everyone along 🙂 Thanks again!!
#22 I just wanted to say thank you again for treating us lunch on Monday—it really did mean a lot to me. Not only was the food delicious, but it also gave us an excellent chance to get better acquainted with each other and work on strengthening our relationships.
#23 Thank you again for hosting last week’s lunch! It felt great to get out of the office for a little while, even if it did put me behind schedule for the rest of my day 🙂 I’m looking forward to another one next month.
#24 I had so much fun at yesterday’s lunch meetup! Thank you so much for arranging everything–I really appreciate it! The food was amazing, everyone got along really well, and we all learned something new about one another. All in all, it was just wonderful 😀
#25 Your recent lunch was very nice and friendly. Thank you so much for putting me at ease and making feel like a member of the team.
#26 Thank you so much for inviting me out to such a lovely place! It was great talking with you about my job, as well as learning more about your history and how you came to be where you are today. I appreciate that we had this opportunity to chat one on one, and I am looking forward to more outings together in the future!
#27 I had a great time at lunch and really enjoyed getting to know everyone better. Thanks again for taking the time out of your day to share some insights into your background. It was an excellent way to get to know each other better outside of work!
#28 You always do such a wonderful job at arranging times for us to get to know each other better while still taking care of our work needs. Thank you for making me feel like part of the team!
#29 Thank you so much for the invitation to lunch yesterday. I had no idea that there were so many things to do in this area, and it was great fun exploring them with you (and the rest of the group).
#30 I had an amazing time at lunch today. It is really nice getting to know everyone on a more personal level outside of work. Thanks again for organizing everything!
#31 I’m glad that we got together during lunch; working long hours can make communication difficult sometimes, but it’s good to take breaks like these every once in a while! Thanks and I hope to do this again soon.
#32 It was so nice getting to know everyone better at lunch today. Thank you for allowing me to spend time with my team outside of work!
#33 Arranging lunches is such a thoughtful way of rewarding your staff for their hard work during the rest of the week, and it’s something that really resonates with people because everyone needs to eat anyway. It’s good to get out from behind our desks and talk about other things that aren’t work-related every once in a while. Your recent lunch allowed us all to take a break from the usual routine and still conduct business within a social context – thank you very much for taking care of this for us. I’m looking forward to seeing the results of our discussion as soon as possible!
#34 Thank you again for hosting such a wonderful lunch. It was great getting to know everyone better, and I’m looking forward to heading out for breakfasts and dinners with the team as well.
#35 I enjoyed having lunch with you; it is always interesting talking about other stuff besides work and getting to know each other on a personal level outside of this office. Thanks again and hope we can do it again soon!
#36 I enjoyed having lunch with you and the other team members. It was a pleasant surprise to meet some of our newest hires. Thank you for making such an effort to get us all together as a group.
#37 Thank you for hosting lunch last week. I always enjoy getting away from my desk and out into the real world where I can be inspired, socialize, and recharge my batteries.
#38 Thank you so much for taking me out to lunch! It’s a pleasure spending time with your employees outside of work and learning more about what they do here at the office everyday.
#39 I loved going out to lunch with everyone! It was great to have a chance to chat one-on-one with each member of the team instead of just working together during the day. I appreciate you making time to get to know me better, and for taking the time to invite everyone else into that process.
#40 Thank you for treating us all to lunch last week! The food was delicious and it was great getting to meet some of my co-workers outside of work who aren’t directly in our team. It made me feel like even more of a part of this company, so much so that I signed up for next month’s potluck too!
#41 It was a pleasure to learn more about you and your background over the delicious meal that you treated me to. You have a really great company going here, and I’m honored that you gave me some of your time.
#42 Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to host us at such an excellent restaurant! Lunch is my favorite meal of the day, so it made my day when I got to enjoy this with all of my friends.
#43 I had no idea that there were so many Turkish people living in New Jersey until we went out for lunch together last week. Thank you very much for introducing me to Turkish cuisine. You introduced me to so many new flavors and spices, and now I am hooked on trying more Turkish dishes.
#44 Thank you for inviting me to lunch on Saturday. It was really nice of you, and I enjoyed learning more about your life journey over the delicious food that we shared together.
#45 I am so glad that you invited me out to lunch on Tuesday during my first week here at work. You were very welcoming, and it made my transition into the company much easier than it would have been otherwise!
#46 The time spent with you at lunch makes me feel like I’m working for someone who really understands what they are doing in terms of leadership, and this is important because it shows how many different ways that each person can contribute to the company’s mission statement. Thank you for investing in me by hosting us all at dinner.
#47 Thank you for taking time out of your busy Tuesday lunch to talk to my about my career goals and what I am most excited about in terms of where my future is going with this company. Your thoughtful words meant a lot to me, and I will continue doing everything I can to be a valuable player on the team.
#48 When we got back from lunch, everyone was raving about the food that you ordered from one of the best restaurants in town! Your secret’s safe with me, but it definitely makes me happy that our office showed such enthusiasm for the meal that you had hosted us all at.
#49 I had a really nice time during our lunch last week when we discussed our plans for 2016 and how we are going to change the world one step at a time. Thank you very much for inviting me out to lunch, and I am really looking forward to being on your team as we embark on this journey together!
#50 I had no idea that you had grown up in South Carolina until our lunch last week! It was wonderful getting to know more about your past, and I hope that maybe someday we can take another trip down memory lane again soon.
#51 Thank you for organizing such a delicious catering service for us all to enjoy during our lunch meeting yesterday. It is really nice not only of the food itself but also because it means that everyone gets a chance to relax and unwind after a long morning.