Letter Writing # 289 - The parents of your friend have invited you to a surprise birthday party

IELTS Letter Writing / GT Writing Task 1:

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The parents of your Australian friend Chris have invited you to a surprise birthday party for him/her.

Write a letter to Chris’s parents. In your letter,

  • say why you think Chris will enjoy the surprise party
  • explain why you won’t be able to attend the party
  • give details of a plan to see Chris at a different time

Write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear Mr and Mrs ....................,


Model Answer 1:

Dear Mr and Mrs Patrick,

I am so glad to hear that you are going to have a surprise birthday party for Chris, which I believe he will enjoy so much. But, as much as I would love to surprise my good friend, the problem is that I will not be able to attend the party, next week, because I will remain very busy at that time. 

Next week, I will need to complete the quarterly financial audit works of my company to come clean with the government tax authority. These audit works can be so complicated and painful at times that we even have to work very late at night to get the job done.

Of course, whether I attend his surprise party or not, I am pretty sure that Chris will fully enjoy the occasion because he will be surrounded by many of his well-wishers to cheer him up. Not only that but also Chris has such a cheerful personality that he never lets a good occasion pass by without enjoying it! And that is exactly why I have already made a plan to see him at a horse racing competition on the Sapphire coast, next month so that we can both enjoy some time together!

Yours sincerely,

Glenn Moore

Model Answer 2:

Dear Mr and Mrs Jones, 

I am excited to hear that you will be arranging a surprise birthday party for Chris next month. I am honoured to be invited to this party that will give us a good reason to enjoy. However, I will be visiting my hometown at that time and can not make it to this party.

Chris will love this party, especially since his close university friends will be there to cheer him up. It will also be a fabulous occasion for him as he is stressed out a bit from a few deadlines in his new office. I am sure you will have many memorable events at his birthday party.

As much as I would like to be present at the party, I just can not miss an appointment to take my father to the doctor on the same day. The specialist doctor, to whom I will take my father, comes from a different state and is available only for three days. That is why I will travel to my hometown two days before Chir's birthday and return a day after his birthday party. 

I would, however, meet him a week after his birthday and present him with a gift from my side. On that occasion, I hope to spend some time outdoors with him or even arrange a dinner party at my home.

Thank you once again for inviting me. 

Yours sincerely,

Alfred Kinsey

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Dear Mr and Mrs Smith,

I am very grateful for the invitation to Chris's surprise birthday party! That means a lot. I am sure that Chris will be very excited about it and would enjoy the birthday party to a great extent. He has been talking about a party for the last few weeks and I am sure this will make him so happy. As much as I would love to join this party, unfortunately, I can't do it due to some other unavoidable responsibilitie s.

Exactly on that day, I have to catch a flight for a business trip to London. This trip had been arranged by my office at least a month ago and there is no way I can avoid this. I'm pretty sure that Chris's friends won't let him get bored and cheer him up with great enthusiasm!

On my turn, I would meet Chris immediately upon return from my trip in our favourite cafe and present him my surprise gift, which I have already prepared long before his birthday.

Once more, thank you for the invitation, and I wish Chris cheerful and jolly birthday party!

Yours sincerely,

Nick Goodman