Giving a birthday toast for a friend or a loved one is a work of art. You want to be thoughtful, loving and witty at the same time. The goal is to make the honored birthday person feel special but at the same time give all of the party guests a chuckle at something clever you said.
The key to a great adult birthday toast is to keep it short and sweet.
This is not the time to go on a 10 minute monologue about why you adore the honored birthday guest. Guests want to hear something nice and quickly take a sip of their drink!
We've gathered some great toasts you can use if you are planning on saying a few words at a birthday party soon. Pick one that suits the person the best and cue the end of the toast by raising your glass and saying "Cheers!". Remember to stand by the guest of honor and say your toast with a big smile on your face. Your happiness will rub off on the rest of the crowd.
If you'd like to have a clever, pithy toast prepared for the birthday boy or girl, our list of the Best Birthday Toasts is just what you're looking for.
Funny and Heartful Birthday Toasts
Here’s to _____. No matter how old he/she is, they don’t look it!
You’re over the hill when your back goes out more than you do.
Here's to Eli! No matter how old he is, he doesn't look it.
Although, another year has past, he seems no older than the year last.
Birthday Toast Tips
If you are not used to speaking publicly, giving a birthday toast may be a little scary. Once you've decided on what toast you plan on saying, follow our helpful tips and suggestions on making sure you delivery is on point. Here are a few tips to ensure that your toast does not end up sounding like a roast!
Hold your glass in your hand, say your toast, then raise it up to signal that your toast is over and the other guests should drink to the guest of honor.
If you're the recipient, don't take a sip of your drink when the toast is done.
When someone toasts to you, offer a toast back by thanking them for their friendship and the great times you've shared.
If the birthday is a small, intimate dinner, there is no need to stand up to deliver the toast.
Standing to give the toast is necessary for large dinners and cocktail parties, however.
The goal is for the rest of the guests to be able to see you deliver your toast to the birthday guy or girl.
When toasting a man, it's okay to make slight jabs at his age. When toasting a woman, it's best to steer clear of age-related commentary altogether.