You have moved into a new home and planning to hold a party : Semi-Formal Letter [IELTS General Writing Task 1 ] 

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

You have just moved into a new home and are planning to hold a party. You are worried that the noise may disturb your neighbour.

Write a letter to your neighbour. In your letter,

  • introduce yourself
  • describe your plans for the party
  • invite your neighbour to come

You should write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear ………………..,


  1. Housewarming (noun) – A party to celebrate moving into a new residence.
  • Example: We’re hosting a housewarming party this Saturday.
  1. Commotion (noun) – A state of confused and noisy disturbance.
  • Example: There might be a bit of commotion during the party hours.
  1. Acquaintance (noun) – A person one knows slightly, but who is not a close friend.
  • Example: I’d love to turn our brief acquaintance into a friendly bond.

Sample Letter:

Dear Mrs. Thompson,

I hope this letter finds you well. My name is Sam Carter, and I’ve recently moved into the house next door, number 12 Oak Lane. I wanted to introduce myself and also discuss an upcoming event I’m planning.

This Saturday evening, I’m hosting a housewarming party to celebrate the move and also to get to know some of the local residents. As such, there might be a bit of commotion, with music and chatter, mainly between 7 pm to 11 pm. I will do my utmost to ensure that the noise levels remain within a reasonable limit, and the gathering doesn’t cause too much disturbance.

In the spirit of fostering good neighbourly relations, I’d be thrilled if you could join us. It would be a fantastic opportunity to meet you properly and introduce you to some of our mutual neighbours and friends. Plus, it’s always more fun to be part of a party than just hearing it!

Please let me know if you have any concerns or if there’s anything specific I can do to minimize any inconvenience for you on the night. I genuinely hope to see you at the party, and thank you in advance for your understanding.

Warm regards,

Sam Carter.

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