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Describe a party that you enjoyed

IELTS Cue Card Question 30 With Model Answer: 

Describe a party that you enjoyed.

You should say: 
  • whose party it was and what it was celebrating
  • where the party was held and who went to it
  • what people did during the party
and explain what you enjoyed about this party.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

Model Answer 1:
A party usually refers to a social gathering where some selected or invited people to have fun, take foods and talk over issues of varied range. At times the parties are held marking any special occasion to remember or celebrate.

There are different types of parties are available and bachelor party is one of them. Usually, the bachelor with hid friends attends the party to celebrate the last day as a bachelor. Few of his intimate friends are invited to attend the program and the parties are held outside the home as the activities performed in the party are not allowed inside the home. In last year, a friend of mine invited me to a bachelor party in Las Vegas. It was the night before he gets married. So, he wanted to have a blast among his closest friends with the acts of what we did in our academic life.

My friend booked a suite at the Bellagio in Las Vegas right before inviting us to the party. Johnny Fernandez, the young and energetic man to be married, was one of my closest friends since childhood and we are a bunch of people who have grown up together. It was a surprise for me that I found everyone at the party and Fernandez never disclosed the identities of the invited guests. Thereby, it was a pleasant event for us all the suite. We were eight in number in the childhood and surprisingly all of us were present although we lived in different parts of the USA. We could not manage time to meet each other in person, but all of us were there to wish luck for our friend, Fernandez.

In our college and university days, we used to buck classes, watch movies in theatre halls, played poker and many other interesting things. Sometimes we also used to drink beer and soda but some of us started consuming alcohol too to prove themselves adult and smart. So, we planned to recall the days amid the activities we did in those days. Fernandez arranged champagne for us with some delicious foods and we started the party by uncorking the champagne bottle. Most of the food items were made of meat like pork, beef, salads, and ended with desserts. Then we started for our night out at different casinos to play poker and participate in other suitable gambles.

The party was special for me as I have never attended such a bachelor party although I have heard about it. Moreover, the presence of the childhood friends, whom I meet on social networking websites only, was a blessing for me. All of us went back at the early days of our life, recalled the memories, drank alcoholic beverages, and remembered the old fianc├ęs and their memories, sang songs in harsh voices, walked on the streets of the Las Vegas resort town in Nevada, and did many other things. One of our friends got hooked with another woman in a casino and left to pass the remaining night with the newly introduced woman being possessed by her beauty and alcohol. I mostly enjoyed the walking and remembrance of the olden days. In fact, those were the best days of my life, of our life and all of us still lament for the days and want to go back to our childhood.

Cue Card Answer 2: 
I have recently completed my graduation in Economics from Government College University Faisalabad in Pakistan. My college life is over but to remember the events, I organised a graduation party at my home.

In fact, this was not my party alone rather for all the close mates of mine with whom I have passed the college days. This was a party where only the group members were invited who had an intimate relationship with me during the college days. All of us gathered to celebrate the graduation and plan for the future days. Some of the mates were planning to leave the country for pursuing higher education while some others planned, like me, to have the post-graduation from the country. My family members also took part in the event.

The party was held at my residence. All of us planned to make the party and accordingly contributed to the arrangement. We equally contributed to the foods, beverages and other arrangements so that all of us could enjoy it properly. I planned to have the party around a week before the party day and made a meeting with nine of my mates. We had some other friends as well but they were unable to meet on the planned date. So, we made the plan and materialised it. The party began in the evening and ended with a superb dinner. Everyone, who participated at the party, contributed to making it a success. Food preparation was done my mum and sister while the food ingredients were brought by two of my friends and I gathered all the money required for the shopping from the participants.

It was not a formal party rather we all felt some sort of lamentation inside as we are never going to get the days back again. So, everyone was remembering the old days that we passed in the college. We remembered how we bunked the classes when we were unable to complete the lessons or forget to bring the assignments. Besides, we also discussed the evil things we did hiding from our teachers during the lectures in the classrooms. Most of us were remembering the past days as we all knew it was our last meeting together. When we will enter into our careers, we would not be able to meet together and have chats and fun. Some of them were looking sad. But I inspired them and proposed to remain together in the upcoming days. I also suggested meeting at least once in a week at anywhere in the city.

I enjoyed the party and especially the foods were delicious. My mother and sister prepared some of the traditional Pakistani food items like kebabs, chicken tandoori and biriyani. The party began with the serving of light soft drinks and gradually the other items were served. Besides, the moment when we all took pictures together was another important issue. Finally, the moment of departure appeared and it was really difficult for me to say goodbye to my friends. Fortunately, still, we meet once in a week as per the decision made on that last meeting at my home.

Part 3 - Detail discussion / Two-way discussion:

Family Parties:

Q. What are the main reasons why people organise family parties in your country?
A. Family parties are the events where the members of a family living in distant places come to meet together and have fun. In my country family parties are arranged for different reasons and the party range varies based on the familial status. If the families are rich and wealthy, the parties last longer than usual. The family parties are mostly organised marking the marriage of any family members and on some other petty issues like observing birthday or marriage anniversary etc. The family members are invited to attend the party with the other members of their family and the moments are pleasant for them during the party. But sometimes the parties do not remain the happier one as it is at the beginning owing to many unwanted and serious incidents that even leads to quarrelling among the members forming two or three groups.

Q. In some places people spend a lot of money on parties that celebrate special family events. Is this ever true in your country? Do you think this is a good trend or a bad trend?
A. Like the other countries, the rich and wealthy families in my country organise family parties and they spend a huge sum of money for the parties. Mostly they prefer arranging party during the marriage ceremony or marriage anniversary, but the parties marking marriage ceremony last longer than the marriage anniversary party. When the parties are arranged, special decorative materials are used to decorate the house and almost all the rooms are newly decorated. Besides, catering services are engaged to supply quality foods for the invited guests. The amount of money spend in marriage is less than it is spent to arrange the family party only. Sometimes I think it is the wastage of money and wealth. They could have saved the money for the future use of the newly-wed.

Q. Are there many differences between family parties and parties given by friends? Why do you think this is?
A. The parties arranged by family members and those arranged by the friends are quite different for different reasons. The first and important issue about a family party is that you are to abide some rules and regulations in a family party. You cannot do whatever you want to drink alcoholic beverages without the permission of the organiser. But the scenario is the opposite in the parties arranged by friends. One can drink as much as s/ he wants or smoke cigarettes in plenty. There is none to forbid over any issue. You can listen to songs at a louder volume, dance together with the friends and could use slangs to your friends and many other things which are considered as indecent in the family parties. The differences happen for the generation gap. Family parties invite guests of all ages while the friends never invite any adult or seniors in their parties.

National Celebrations:

Q. What kinds of national celebrations do you have in your country?
A. We have different national celebration days and it begins at the beginning of the year with the celebration of the New Year’s Day. Besides, the USA citizens observe some other days like Washington's Birthday, the Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day etc. All the days remain holiday across the USA and the citizens observe the days according to their will. But it is important to offer gifts or small presents to the other people on the Thanks Giving Day and on Christmas Day. Some of the people also observe the last day of the year - December 31 in every year and exchange greetings to each other marking the beginning of a new year.

Q. Who tends to enjoy national celebrations more: young people or old people? Why?
A. The days are celebrated nationally and people of all strata participate in the observance. But the majority of the days are observed by young people and the seniors are fond of the days like Independence Day or the Birth Days of national heroes or presidents. It is done in this way due to the nature of the celebration. Christmas Day, New Year’s Day or Thanksgiving Day has a special charm, and thus the young people make a huge fun on the days. So, they prefer the days more than the older people. On the other side, the older people cannot make such fun due to their age and mental advancements with the age.   
Q. Why do you think some people think that national celebrations are a waste of government money? Would you agree or disagree with this view? Why?
A. Observing the national days is a must for every country. It helps to let people, particularly the young people about the history of the country and people who made the history. The days tell them about the contributions of the national heroes to make the country into a free and progressive one. But the observance requires lots of preparations and investment. Some people think that this is wastage of money but is it actually wastage? I do not think so. By spending the money, the knowledge is being shared among the people and the government is paying the required charge for the knowledge. It is a simple issue. There is nothing to be worried about the sense that the money is being wasted.

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