There are those people who can stand and give a toast that leaves the entire room in tears. More power to them, but if you’re not one of those people, what can you say? Maybe you’re not a good public speaker, you have social anxiety, or you’re just tired from the work week. Giving toasts doesn’t come naturally to everyone. Keep these classic toasts in the back of your pocket for the next time you raise a glass of Rainstorm pinot with friends and family:
To the next step:
The beauty of this toast is that it’s unique to everyone in the room, and it pays a deep compliment to whoever you’re there to celebrate.
“The next step in life is different for everyone in this room. May we all make it with the same grace and joy as the bride and groom.”
Swap out the “bride and groom” with mom or dad, your friend who took on a new job, or whoever is the center of attention that evening. You get the idea. Or try this version of a classic literature quote:
“We know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, let’s go to it laughing.”
To good health and a happy life:
You’ll never go wrong wishing everyone in the room health and happiness. No grinch is going to be upset that you didn’t wish them sickness and drudgery.
“May everyone celebrating today see health and happiness in their lives, and have the good fortune to share it with each other as we are right now.”
Or try the briefer:
“May you live as long as you like, and have all you like as long as you live.”
To acceptance and love:
You’re always thankful for the people who will be there no matter what. They’ve seen you succeed and they’ve seen you break, and they never felt differently about you in either instant.
“Here’s to those who’ve seen us at our best and seen us at our worst and love us regardless.”
If you want the joke to be on you, you can always try the old-fashioned version:
“Here’s to those who’ve seen us at our best and seen us at our worst and can’t tell the difference.”
What if you forget your toast?
If someone else already stole your classic toasts, or you can’t remember yours, just remember to speak from the heart. You don’t have to be complex or clever. Half of the witty toasts sink like a rock. It’s the heartfelt ones that people remember. You just have to mean it. Take a sip of Rainstorm pinot for bravery and to shake out the nerves, and give it your best shot.