Describe A Time When You Organized A Happy Event Successfully

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card

Describe a time when you organized a happy event successfully.

You should say:

What the event was?
How you prepared for it?
Who helped you to organize it?
And explain why you think it was a successful event?

Note: You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.

Model Answer 1:

Well, celebrations give us an opportunity to celebrate something special in life and share our happiness with near and dear ones. 

What the event was? 
Here I would like to talk about a time when I was too much engaged in preparations for a special day and successfully managed it. 

Actually, few months ago it was my father’s birthday and I wanted to give him a surprise party. He left home at 9 in the morning and I had almost 6 to 7 hours for all the preparations. 

Who helped you to organize it?
I started by calling all his friends, near and dears ones for invitation and after that I went to market to buy the things to decorate the house. 

How you prepared for it? 
It took me almost 2 to 3 hours to clean and decorate the house for this party and after that I had to bake a cake for my father.

Actually, my father really enjoys the cakes that I bake and I wanted to present it as a birthday gift, by the time I baked the cake it was already 3’o clock and now I had to place the order for food and drinks for the guests. 

Explain why you think it was a successful event?
So, I quickly placed the orders and then I got dressed up. It was around 4’o clock, the guest started pouring and finally at 5′ clock sharp, when my father knocked the door, everyone welcomed him by loudly singing the birthday song.

My father was overwhelmed with this surprise party and the arrangements I made. 

Overall, it was the time when I successfully managed a special event. 

Model Answer 2:

Introduction and What the event was?
An event that I organized successfully was the ‘felicitation ceremony’/recognition/award ceremony of elders in my locality. In my opinion, this was not only a happy event but also a very satisfying and rewarding event for all people who were felicitated/received the award.

How you prepared for it?  and Who helped you to organize it?
I prepared for it with the help of an idea that I got from a show that I saw on TV. In that show, I saw that they were recognizing the members of their locality for their contribution and good deeds.

I thought that this is something very interesting and every elderly deserves this. So I spoke to a few members of my area who were of the same age as me. They loved this idea and readily agreed. So three of my friends from my locality helped me to organize this wonderful event.

Explain why you think it was a successful event?
I think that this event was successful for many reasons. The first reason was that those people who were felicitated were in tears of joy.

They had not expected this in the wildest of their dreams. Another reason was that the Youngsters learned to appreciate and value the efforts and contributions of their seniors.

One more reason why this event was a hit was that we all came much closer and got to know more about all.

I felt a unique sense of gratification. I was proud of myself that I could give shape to this meaningful idea and convert it into action. We had organized this as a surprise event.

Everyone was just told that there will be a get together followed by dinner. When everyone arrived we gave them a surprise by announcing the names of the seniors, giving them gifts and shawls.

We spoke about their life and their contributions in work, family and society. It was a great experience and unforgettable by all.

Model Answer 3:


  • I love to organise events.
  • On July 16th last year, it was my mother’s 50 birthday and I wanted to do something special for her.
  • However, due to the pandemic, most celebrations were forbidden.
  • We were all cooped up inside our houses.

What the event was? 

  • I decided to give her a surprise online party.

How you prepared for it? and Who helped you to organize it? 

  • I asked my sister for advice on how we can make it special.
  • We have a large family and we asked every one in the family, all our cousins, uncles, and aunt to record something for my mother.
  • It could be anything, there were no restrictions.
  • One of my cousins recorded a dance performance, an uncle wrote a beautiful poem, my grandpa sang a beautiful song in Gujrati.
  • After receiving all the videos, we combined them into one big video.
  • It was not easy though, we had to send reminders and message some of my aunts and uncles again and again.
  • Some even sent it one day before the birthday, but they all finally did it.
  • Moreover, It was all hard to remind them to keep it a secret.
  • We were sure one of our aunts or uncles would spill the beans.
  • Thankfully no one did.
  • Then, we organised a special get together on zoom for the family.
  • This was also hard because some of our relatives live in a different time zone.
  • We wanted to choose a time everyone could be available.
  • Here we failed to some extent, but some of our relatives couldn’t be online at that time.
  • The birthday fell on a weekday, so it was just not possible.
  • On her birthday, I ordered her favourite– truffle cake.
  • And then when everyone joined the zoom meeting, I handed my mom the phone and told her someone wants to wish her a happy birthday.

And explain why you think it was a successful event?

  • She was shocked to see all the family on the meeting.
  • Then, she cut the cake, while I held the phone and everyone wished her happy birthday.
  • Finally, for the big reveal, we played the video on the TV and recorded her reactions while watching the video and we telecast it on the meeting on a split-screen.
  • One screen showing her reactions and the other showing the video.
  • My mother had happy tears in her eyes by the end of it all and I think that alone made it a successful event.


  • However, others told me it was such wonderfully organised and it was so nice meeting everyone online. Even after the video was over, everyone stayed on the meeting and we kept on talking and discussing everyday life.

IELTS Speaking Part 3 : Follow up Questions

Here some examples of follow up questions that you may asked during your speaking part 3 by examiner related to cue card “describe a time when you organized a happy event successfully”.

1. How can parents help children to be organized?
I think parents should have a daily schedule for their children. They should also allot every task a fixed amount of time. For example, they can ask them to write each task on the calendar and write how much time they expect to give to it alongside it. Then, there should be rewards and punishments for finishing or not finishing the tasks.

2. On what occasions do people need to be organized?
I don’t think people need an occasion to be organised. We should try to be organised all the time. When we are organised we tend to save time and do things faster. Also, being organised creates a good impression on others.

3. Does everything need to be well prepared?
I think all the important things should be well prepared, but the minor details can be left out. It’s like a speech, we prepare the main ideas but we leave some liberty to make some changes with the minor details. Preparing everything in advance would be very exhausting if not impossible.

4. Do people need others’ help when organizing things?
Well, it depends upon the task. If we are organising a big event, we definitely need help. For example, wedding planners have a whole team of 10-15 members because a single person cannot manage everything. But, if there are small things like a small family get together, I think a person can organise it on their own.


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