10 Best Toasts for All Occasions

Wish Others Well With Poetic Verse

Are toasts old-fashioned? Maybe, but that doesn't mean they're dead! Celebrating any occasion is made just a little more memorable when there is a fun, funny or meaningful toast involved.

Toasts are short and they are easy to remember. It's good to have at least one all-purpose toast in your memory bank to use at the perfect time. These are some of my favorite toasts that will help you out when you're at a loss for words or are in need of a catchy phrase to impress.

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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? 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

    Friends toasting together outdoors
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    Save this toast for those lifelong friendships 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!"

  • 03 of 10

    To Friendship (or Not)

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    You have to appreciate the sass of this rhyme! Keep this one in mind for your absolute best friends who have a great sense of humor. It could offend people who are a little sensitive. 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

    Digestifs are a perfect way to finish a dinner with friends
    Finish off a dinner party with a great toast. Shelby Ross/The Image Bank/Getty Images

    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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  • 05 of 10

    To Drinking!

    Women friends toasting with shots at a bar
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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 so many ways. Sure, it ends with that sweet, endearing sentiment, but that first line reminds me of a frat party or spring break. It's fun, that's for sure!

    "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 for 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 Drinking

    Group of entrepreneurs celebrating on rooftop
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    Show off your poetic skills and impress your friends with this fun rhyme. It's better than 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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  • 09 of 10

    To Happiness

    Gay Couple Enjoying Their Wedding Cake
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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.

    "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

    Buck's Fizz Champagne Cocktail
    Wish your friends and family well with words of wisdom. Ronnie Kaufman/Larry Hirshowitz/Blend Images/Getty Images

    Finally, one of my favorites. These are words of wisdom that are perfect for any of life's big milestones -- weddings, graduations, a job change or a move across the country. They are words that all of us can live by and relate to and that 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."