Letter Writing # 154 - Letter to friend to thank for the invitation

IELTS Letter Writing / GT Writing Task 1:

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

Your friend is celebrating her Birthday soon and has invited you to a party. But you are unable to come because you are going to attend an important meeting that day.

Write a letter to your friend. In your letter:

  • thank him/her for the invitation
  • explain why you cannot come
  • propose to meet on another day

Write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any address.

Model Answer:

Dear Samantha,

How lovely it is to receive your letter exactly when I was thinking of you. I am so happy that things are wonderful at your end. I am overwhelmed to be invited to your birthday party on the coming 24th January 2018.  I wish you an advance happy birthday and thank you for inviting me. It means a lot to me. 

I sincerely wish to meet you at your birthday party to say happy birthday in person, but sadly the date contradicts our board meeting schedule. It saddens me to say that I will not be able to make it as I will be at the meeting the whole day. This meeting is utterly important for all the staffs and there is no way to skip it. I wish I truly could!

I would, however, like to meet you sometime in February as I will visit your city during this time. I will bring you a birthday present and you should save my cake for the occasion! I am sure we will enjoy our time together and I plan to meet some college friends with you during my stay there.

With lots of love and best wishes for our lovely birthday girl.


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