Letter Writing # 199 - A friend has invited you to his/her daughter's birthday

IELTS Letter Writing / GT Writing Task 1:

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

A friend who lives in a different city has invited you to his/her daughter's 8th birthday. However, you can not accept the invitation due to some personal reasons.

Write a letter to this friend. In your letter:

  • thank him for the invitation
  • mention why you can not attend the birthday party
  • offer to meet him some other day

Write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear ............,

Sample Answer:

Dear Wilson,

It was great to hear from you and I’m really surprised that Diana has already turned to 8. It sounds as if she has grown so fast. I wish her a happy birthday and thank you for inviting me to this special occasion.

I would love to be at Diana's birthday party but I’m terribly sorry that I can not make it due to some deadlines at my office next week. The problem is that I’ve been promoted to the assistant manager position a few months ago and the work pressure has skyrocketed since then. The office management has assured me that I will be given an assistant soon but until that happens, I will hardly have time to spend for me.

Perhaps I can visit you sometime next summer when I hope I will stay with you for a couple of days. Please share some birthday photos on Facebook so that I get a glimpse of the celebration. I owe Diana a birthday gift.

Anyway, I must finish today. So thanks once again for your kind invitation and I do hope that we can get together sometime in the summer.

Warm wishes,


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