10 Best Toasts for All Occasions

Celebrate Life's Big and Small Events With Poetic Verse

Are toasts old-fashioned? Maybe, but that doesn't mean they're dead! Celebrating any occasion—weddings, retirements, even a night out with good friends—is made just a little more memorable when there is a fun or meaningful toast involved.

Traditional toasts are short and easy to remember. It's good to have at least one all-purpose toast in your memory bank to use as you raise your glass at the perfect moment. When you're at a loss for words or need to impress, these catchy phrases can save the day and offer a sentiment that goes beyond "Cheers!"

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    To Health and Prosperity

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    This is the perfect toast for those big moments in life. Celebrating the boss's retirement? Maybe your friend's college graduation or wedding? This toast wishes them all the best in their pursuit of a happy, healthy, and prosperous life.

    "May you live as long as you like,
    And have all you like as long as you live."

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    To Friendship

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    Save this toast for lifelong friendships when you want to show just how much you care. It's particularly fitting for going away parties or reunions when the sentiment will mean the most.

    "My heart is as full as my glass,
    When I drink to you, old friend!"

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    To Friendship (or Not)

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    You have to appreciate the sass of this rhyme! Keep it in mind for your absolute best friends who have a great sense of humor. It goes great with a round of shots.

    "Here's to you and here's to me,
    Friends may we always be!
    But, if by chance we disagree,
    Up yours! Here's to me!"

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    To Friendship

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    Let out your inner poet with this "ship" lyric. It is a perfect choice for dinner parties with friends and anytime you just want to say, "Hey, I love you guys!" in a more poetic way.

    "There are good ships,
    and there are wood ships,
    The ships that sail the sea.
    But the best ships, are friendships,
    And may they always be."

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    To Drinking

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    Your buddy just walked in with a bottle of "the good stuff" and it is time show off your appreciation. This toast is easy to remember so you can pop it off once that bottle's cracked.

    "One bottle for four of us,
    Thank God there's no more of us!"

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    To Love (and Kisses)

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    This toast can be interpreted in so many ways. Sure, it ends with that sweet, endearing sentiment, but that first line is more reminiscent of a frat party or spring break. It's definitely a fun one for the right occasion.

    "May we kiss who we please,
    And please who we kiss."

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    To Happiness and a Good Life

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    Sometimes you just have to pull out an old-fashioned verse. This one is ideal for any special event or those times when you simply feel like getting a little poetic.

    "May neighbors respect you,
    Trouble neglect you,
    The angels protect you,
    And heaven accept you."

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    To a Good Time

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    Show off your lyrical skills and impress your friends with this fun rhyme. It has that sauciness of Irish drinking toasts and it's better than just saying, "Drink up!"

    "My friends are the best friends
    Loyal, willing and able.
    Now let’s get to drinking!
    All glasses off the table!"

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    To Happiness

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    The sentiment of this toast is ideal for almost any occasion. Use it to wish someone a happy life or to celebrate overcoming a difficult time. It is a fantastic way to say goodbye (or see you later) as people move away or take on the next big thing, too.

    "May the saddest day of your future be no worse than the happiest day of your past."

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    To Happiness and Wisdom

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    This one is an old favorite that you might expect to hear from a clever grandfather. These words of wisdom are perfect for any of life's big milestones—weddings, graduations, a job change, or a move across the country. They are words that anyone can live by and relate to and that's what makes a truly great toast!

    "May you have the hindsight to know where you've been,
    The foresight to know where you are going,
    And the insight to know when you have gone too far."