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
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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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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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."Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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To a Good Time
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!"Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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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
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're going,
And the insight to know when you have gone too far."