Toasting is not nearly as common as it once was. However, the polished public speaker should have a few short toasts ready to go if and when the occasion arises. Here are a few fun toasts and a few touching ones too:


To your birthday, glass held high. Glad it’s you that’s older not I.

Heres to you. No matter how old you are, you don’t look it.


‘Twas the month after Christmas, and Santa had flit; Came there tidings in the mail, which read: Please remit.

Here’s to the Holly with its bright red berry. Here’s to Christmas, let’s make it merry.


Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow you diet.

A full belly, a heavy purse, and a light heart.


Here’s to a friend who knows me well and likes me anyway.

May the friends of our youth be the companions of our old age.

Banquet speech ending:

Good day, good health, good cheer, good night!


Here’s to your health. You make age curious, time furious, and all of us envious.


As you slide down the banister of life, may the splinters never face the wrong way.

May your luck be like the capital of Ireland. Always Dublin.

New Year:

May all our troubles in the coming year be as short as our New Year’s resolutions.

In the year ahead may we treat our friends with kindness and our enemies with generosity.


Marriage is an institution, but who wants to live in an institution. Groucho Marx

May for ‘better or worse’ be far better than worse.

To close this section I would like to tell you that I feel like a loaf of bread. Wherever I go, they toast me.

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