Letter Sample #31 – A friend has invited you to a family dinner

GT Writing Task 1 (Letter Writing) Sample # 31

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

A friend has invited you to a family dinner at his/her place.

Write a letter to your friend. In your letter:

  • thank him/her for inviting you
  • ask for suggestions what you want to bring as a gift
  • make suggestions about his/her visit to your place

Write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear ………,

Model Answer 1:

Dear Evita,

I am so happy that you have been offered a job in New York and that would be convenient for me to be in touch with you more frequently than ever. I am writing to thank you for inviting us to your house and I am so looking forward to talking to you over the dinner.

Your invitation to a family dinner at your house means so much to us. It’s been quite a long since we have had such an event together. I am not sure what type of gift would be appropriate for your family and I am desperately looking for your suggestions. Please do not insist to come without a gift as I cannot obey this request!

Diana must have forgotten us as she last saw me when she was only 7. I am looking forward to having you all in my house and enjoy an evening together. Please discuss with Paul and let me know a convenient date. We can talk about it over the dinner at your place.

With very best wishes and lots of love.

Yours ever,


Model Answer 2:

Dear Phillip,

It was a pleasant surprise to be invited to your house and I am very much looking forward to spending some quality time with all of you. I am writing this letter to express my gratitude for the invitation and would like you and Bella at our house on 24th November.

Both Diana and I are excited to meet you after a long. We can’t thank you enough for this great opportunity to meet you and enjoy a dinner together. We are definitely getting you some rose petal sugar, honey and homemade cookies. Let me know if there is something else that you would like us to bring. I will be relying on your recommendations.

Now, it’s my turn to invite you for a lunch at my house. I will be expecting you and Bella on 24th November, at 12.30 pm. I am looking forward to receiving your phone call for acceptance of our lunch invitation.

Thank you once again for your invitation and hope to meet you soon.

Warm wishes,


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