100 Popular Toasts for Every Occasion
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This list of fun toasts can be used for any special event from weddings to an informal gathering of friends. You will find a selection of traditional, funny, sincere and even unusual choices. We all want our friends and family to lead happy healthy lives and a toast is a way to communicate that. But, there are other reasons to raise your glass.
A collection of popular toasts for weddings, dinners, and other occasions
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Any Occasion / All-purpose
These toasts can be used for any event or purpose. Some are funny and others sincere. Use them to put a smile on someone’s face or express your regards.
A cheerful glass, a pretty lass, a friend sincere and true, blooming health, good store of wealth. Attend one for me and you.
Here’s to steak when you’re hungry, Whiskey when you’re dry, all the girls you ever want, and heaven when you die.
Here’s to a full purse, a fresh bottle, and a beautiful face.
It is easy enough to be pleasant
When life goes along like a song;
But the man worthwhile,
is the one with a smile,
when everything goes dead wrong.
Here’s to the have-beens,
and the may-be’s.
Here’s to the Stars and Stripes—
to the land of our birth
to the American girl
the best things on earth.
May we get what we want,
what we need,
and never what
Here’s to thee and thy folks from me and my folks!
Sure there never was folks, since folks were folks,
ever loved any folks half as much as me and my folks love thee and thy folks.
Health to my body, wealth to my purse,
Heaven to my soul, and I wish you no worse.
It is around the table that friends understand best the warmth of being together.
A toast to the wise,
And a toast to the foolish,
A toast to your eyes
May they never grow mulish.
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To a full belly, a heavy purse, and a light heart.
Be good and you will be lonesome.
Here’s to your bright eyes and here’s to mine.
Here’s to your sweet lips and here’s to mine.
Our eyes have met, our lips—not yet.
Here’s to the lasses we’ve loved, my lad.
Here’s to the lips we’ve pressed;
for of kisses and lasses,
like liquor in glasses,
The last is always the best.
If all the world were good and true,
And you loved me, and I loved you,
And you were sure that no one knew,
I’d kiss—would you?
Here’s to the neatest one,
And here’s to the sweetest one,
Here’s to them all in one—
Here’s to you!
Luck and Fortune Toasts
May your luck ever spread like jelly on bread.
To my friend: luck til the end!
May the chicken never be hatched that will scratch on your grave.
May Dame Fortune ever smile on you, but never her daughter: Miss Fortune.
Here’s to Your Health Toasts
Here’s health to you
and the peace of our nation!
Thank God, you and I, for its continuation.
Here’s to staying positive and testing negative.
May our sons have rich fathers and beautiful mothers.
May every day bring more happiness than yesterday.
Here’s to your health
and a hearty wish for your happiness.
May every joy be yours,
and may bright stars of love
shine over and above you always.
May you always have some money
left from the money you have spent
to greet your landlord with a sneer
when he comes calling for the rent.
A popular topic for toasts is to drinking itself. Raise your glass while drinking whiskey, wine, beer, and other spirits and say the right words. Select the perfect option for your occasion from the list below. Cheers!
Drink, and the world drinks with you;
Swear off, and you drink alone.
Here’s to a long life and a happy one. A quick death and an easy one. And, a good girl and an honest one. A cold pint and another one.
Life is a waste of time, and time is a waste of life. Get wasted all the time, and you’ll have the time of your life!
May your life be like a good wine
Tasty, sharp, and clear
And like good wine
may it improve
with every passing year.
A Perfect Toast
Of all my favorite things to do,
The utmost is to have a brew.
Take everything in moderation, including moderation.
Here’s to the glass we so love to sip,
It dries many a pensive tear;
’Tis not so sweet as a woman’s lip,
but a damned sight more sincere.
Here’s to abstinence – as long as it’s practiced in moderation.
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To the Land We Love and the Love We Land
Here’s to living single and drinking double.
May the bloom of the face never extend to the nose.
Here’s to a long life and a merry one, a quick death and a happy one, a good girl and a pretty one, a cold bottle and another one.
God made man, frail as a bubble;
And God made love, love made trouble;
God made the Vine—was it a sin
that man-made wine to drown trouble in?
In water, one sees one’s own face.
But in wine one beholds the heart of another.
Drink to the girls and drink to their mothers,
Drink to their fathers and drink to their brothers,
Toast their health as long as you are able,
And dream of their charms while you’re under the table!
Here’s to your good health and what I think
Are the five reasons why men drink
Good beer—a friend— because he’s dry
Or lest he should be by and by,
Or any other reason why.
Through my teeth and round my gums;
Look out, belly, here it comes.
Wine and women—may we always have a taste for both.
Here’s to steak when you’re hungry,
Whiskey when you’re dry,
All the girls you ever want.
And heaven when you die.
Here’s to good food, good fortune, and good whiskey!
Drink to Health Toasts
May you live to be forever and that mine is the last voice you hear.
Here’s to a long life and a merry one,
a quick death and an easy one,
and a pretty girl and a true one,
a cold bottle and another one.
When I want it—I want it awful bad,
And when I don’t get it—it makes me very mad,
And when I do get it— it makes me feel so frisky,
Now don’t get me wrong,
I mean a shot of whiskey!
Who’d care to be a bee and sip,
Sweet honey from the flower’s lip,
When he might be a fly and steer,
Headfirst into a can of beer?
There are several good reasons for drinking,
And one has just entered my head,
If a man can’t drink when he’s living,
Then how the hell can he drink when he’s dead?
Candy is dandy
but liquor is quicker.
When I die don’t bury me at all,
Just pickle my bones in alcohol,
Put a bottle of booze at my head and feet,
And then I’ll know my bones will keep.
Toasts for your friends or the host at your next dinner party. Here’s a list with the appropriate lines to deliver. These are arguably the best kind of toast.
May friendship propose the toast,
and sincerity drinks it.
To our absent friends—
Although out of sight,
We recognize them with our glasses.
Our friendship like old wine
of vintage rare and fine,
A toast to many happy days,
Rare good luck and pleasant ways.
Here’s to the nights we’ll never remember
with our friends, we’ll never forget.
Here’s head first in a foaming glass,
And here’s headfirst to a lovely lass,
Here’s head first for a bit of kissing,
Here’s to all others that don’t know
The fun that they are missing!
There are good ships and wood ships,
The ships that sail the sea,
But the best ships are friendships,
And may they always be.
Tip: When making one of these toasts, first check to see that everyone has a drink in hand. Then, make sure you’ve captured their attention. Then, begin.
Here’s to the health of every friend,
with joy and plenty to the end;
May every fragrant friendly cup
be filled to the brim whenever you sup.
Here’s to cheating, stealing, fighting and drinking.
If you cheat, may you cheat death;
And if you steal, may you steal a woman’s heart;
If you fight, may you fight for a brother;
If you drink, may you drink with me?
Here’s champagne to our real friends, and a real pain to our sham friends.
Here’s to those who’ve seen us at our best
and see us at our worst
and can’t tell the difference.
May you never lie, steal, cheat or drink,
But if you must lie, lie in each other’s arms,
If you must steal, steal kisses,
If you must cheat, cheat death,
And if you must drink, drink with us, your friends.
Health / Well-Being Salutations
Health and well-being tributes have been used extensively throughout history. Use them to wish the best health for someone!
Here’s to your good health and your family’s good health and may you all live long and prosper.
Here’s to your health. May God bring you luck, and may your journey be smooth and happy.
A toast to your health. May we drink one together in ten years’ time and a few in between.
Here’s to your health! You make age curious, time furious, and all of us envious.
A good wife and health are a man’s best wealth.
Here’s to health to my soul and health to my heart;
Where this is going, there’s gone many a quart.
Here’s health to those I love, and wealth to those who love me.
Here’s to health, peace, and prosperity—may the flower of love never be nipped by the frost of disappointment, nor the shadow of grief fall upon a member of this circle.
May the Lord love us but not call us too soon.
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You and Yours Toasts
To you, and yours, and theirs, and mine, I pledge with you, their health in wine.
To your health. May we drink one together in ten years’ time and a few in between.
Here’s a health to thee and thine,
From the hearts of me and mine;
And when thee and thine
Come to see me and mine,
May me and mine make thee and thine
As welcome as thee and thine
Have ever made me and mine.
This list contains great toasts for holidays. Use them when people are gathered for the next holiday or seasonal event.
Another candle on your cake,
Well, that’s no cause to pout,
Be glad that you have strength enough,
To blow the darn things out!
Here’s to good old turkey,
the bird that comes each fall,
and with his sweet, persuasive meat
makes gobblers of us all.
Cast dull care away,
for here’s to Xmas day,
Join the festive bowl,
and be a jolly soul.
A toast to Christmas, the day of good cheer,
No other can equal it during the year.
May it be for you the jolliest yet;
That’s what I’m wishing for you—you bet!
A merry Xmas with all you wish for,
This and many, many more,
I toast to thee.
Stormy or fine—no matter the weather,
We’ll drink a Christmas toast together.
New Year Toasts
Oh may the year new started
Be filled with joy for you
No cloud to mar the sunshine
And skies above be blue.
May new year pay you honor at his court,
Nor stint his measure,
May all your ships come riding into port,
Laden with treasure.
Sorrow be far where your lines are cast,
Tearless your laughter,
May joy be yours, from the first day to the last,
And ever after.
Definition – What is a Toast?
Take a slice of bread and place it into a toaster…No, just kidding. English Oxford Dictionary defines toast in this fashion:
“A call to a gathering of people to raise their glasses and drink together in honor of a person or thing, or an instance of drinking in this way.”
Synonyms for toasts: Tributes, Salutations, Tributes, Salutes or Cheers.
Irish Toasts and St. Patricks Day Salutations
May you be in heaven half an hour before the devil knows you’re dead.
Here’s to the health, and here’s to the wealth,
of Erin’s children true,
And here’s to the land on which they stand,
and also—here’s to you.
May you wet your whistle well and may we never die of the drought.
May you be plagued with an itch and no nails to scratch.
That your patch of trouble may not cover the hole in a leprechaun’s breeches.
May the good Lord take a liking to you but not too soon.
Six eggs to you and a half a dozen of them rotten.
Here’s a health to St Pat!
May he wax strong and fat
on the gracious libations, we pour—
For whatever our creed,
we all feel the need
of drinking to one saint more!
May your bed be soft and your man’s hand along with it.
Drink up! It’s always the next one that sickens you.
When the last train leaves for heaven, may you still be in the waiting room?
Wedding / Marriage, Love and Romance Toasts
The perfect setting for some well-chosen words is at a wedding. Often the best man delivers a toast to the new couple at some point during the ceremony, usually around the dinner. These tributes cover all topics of love, including wedding, marriage, and romance.
A toast to love and laughter, and happily ever after.
Here’s to the bride and the groom!
May you have a happy honeymoon,
And may you lead a happy life,
May you have a bunch of money soon,
And live without all strife.
Here’s to love,
The only fire against which there is no insurance.
Here’s to the love that lies in a woman’s eyes, and lies, and lies, and lies.
Here’s to our wives and our sweethearts,
may they never meet.
To our sweethearts and our wives,
may the former become the latter,
and the latter always remains the former.
Here’s to the groom with the bride so fair,
And here’s to the bride with groom so rare!
Love Of Our Life
Here’s to love—
may its wings never lose a feather,
‘Till your little shoes
and my big boots,
sit under the bed together.
Drink to life and the passing show, and the eyes of the prettiest girl you know.
May we kiss whom we please,
and please whom we kiss.
Fond hearts that never falter
True love that’s never spent;
Long years of joy and comfort,
I’ve known many women,
and liked a few,
but I’ve only loved one,
so here’s to you.
To the three rings of marriage: the engagement ring, the wedding ring, and the suffering.
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To the Bride
Here’s to bride and mother-in-law,
And here’s to groom and father-in-law,
Here’s to sister- and brother-in-law,
Here’s to friends and friends-in-law,
May none of them need an attorney-at-law.
Here’s to the love that lies in a woman’s eyes,
And lies—and lies—and lies!
Here’s to the rose that buds and grows—
Pluck it and call it your own;
For the rose may fade, and so will a maid,
If she lives too long alone.
Here’s to my girl,
that’s good and sweet.
Here’s to the girl, that’s true.
Here’s to the girl
that rules my heart.
In other words
here’s to you!
Here’s to the bride.
May all her troubles
be little ones.
Here’s to my wife—wish her long life!
She’s mighty good looking, unrivaled at cooking
Knows all about medicine, as inventive as Edison,
Just plum full of grit has no equal for wit,
Sees the point when I joke, insists that I smoke,
Never chews the rag when I get a jag,
She knows how to ew and still calls me her beau.
Here’s to the girl who’s strictly in it,
Who doesn’t lose her head for a minute;
Plays the game and knows the limit,
And still gets all the fun there’s in it.
Fair days, fair times, and fair ladies.
Here’s to happiness,
Here’s to the health
of the girl who is a queen
of them all.
Tip: For all of these toasts, delivery is so important. Practice a few times by yourself before trying with friends and family.
Maid of Honor Toasts
To your very good health. May you live to be as old as your jokes.
Here’s health to all who need it.
Health to our sweethearts, our friends, and our wives,
And may fortune smile on them the rest of their lives.
I drink to your health when I’m with you,
And I drink to your health when I’m alone,
I drink to your health so often
I’m beginning to worry about my own.
Here’s to your health and a hearty wish for your happiness.
May every joy be yours and may bright stars of love shine over
and above you always.
A toast: Here’s to you—
May you live as long as you like,
And have what you like,
As long as you like.
My Girl Toasts
Here’s to the fellow that hugs his own girl
and hugs his own girl alone,
for there’s many a fellow
hugs another fellow’s girl
when he thinks he is hugging his own.
Here’s to the good girl!
Not too good,
for the good die young,
and we don’t like dead ‘uns.
Here’s to the wine we love to drink,
And the food we like to eat,
Here’s to our wives and sweethearts,
Let’s pray they never meet.
Here’s to the girl I love,
and here’s to the girl who loves me,
here’s to all those who love her whom I love
and all those who love her
who loves me.
Drink to fair woman, who, I think,
is most entitled to it;
For if ever anything could drive me to drink,
She certainly could do it.
Here’s to man, God’s first thought;
Here’s to woman, God’s second thought;
And, as second thoughts are always best,
here’s to a woman!
Here’s to old wine and young women!
How to Make a Toast
Common subjects for toasting include love, friendship, health, and happiness. Holidays and formal events are good occasions for a well-delivered toast. Here are a few simple steps and suggestions for delivering:
The host or hostess traditionally goes first, but this is not required. Guests may offer toasts afterward. At weddings, the best man usually makes a toast to the newlyweds. Make sure all glasses are full before starting. Any type of drink will work, not just alcoholic drinks.
Get the crowd’s attention
Stand and raise your glass before beginning your toast. Standing works well for formal occasions like weddings. Look the toastee or toastees in the eye. Sitting is more appropriate for informal gatherings and smaller groups like dinner parties. The crowd or group can remain seated unless the speaker asks for them to stand from their chairs. Again, standing is a good solution for toasts at formal events and weddings.
Choose from the great toasts from the list below. Commit it to memory or jot it down on a slip of paper. Speak clearly and loud enough for everyone to hear. Raise your glass and deliver, speaking with confidence. Take a sip from the glass. Others may follow with toasts of their own, so leave enough in your glass for others. The toasts that work best are delivered with confidence.
When to begin
Choose natural transition times for your toasts, like before the main course or when dessert is served.
A few points to keep in mind
- Know your audience. Keep your toasts simple and appropriate to the occasion.
- Humor is always desirable. Some humor can break the tension and put people at ease.
- Keep your message as sincere and as personal as possible.
- Don’t make the occasion about yourself. Be gracious when making toasts.
These toast range from the very unique to the most famous toasts in history. You are sure to find one that suits your next event, whether it be a wedding or holiday gathering… or just a group of good friends enjoying the moment.
— Greg Johnson & Mike O’Halloran
Greg and Mike are co-founders of Listcaboodle.
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