Toasting is pretty much a lost art as it is not widely practiced
anymore, but I still teach its importance in my public speaking course.
A polished presenter should
have a few short toasts ready to go if and when the occasion arises.
Here are a few fun toasts and a few touching ones too:
"To your birthday, glass held high. Glad it's you that's older
-- not I."
"Here's to you. No matter how old you are, you don't look it."
"Twas the month after Christmas, and Santa had flit; Came there
tidings in the mail, which read: Please remit."
"Here's to the Holly with its bright red berry. Here's to Christmas,
let's make it merry."
"Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow you diet."
"A full belly, a heavy purse, and a light heart."
"Marriage is an institution, but who wants to live in an institution."
-- Groucho Marx
"May for 'better or worse' be far better than worse."
"Here's to a friend who knows me well and likes me anyway."
"May the friends of our youth be the companions of our old age."
Banquet speech ending:
"Good day, good health, good cheer, good night!"
"Here's to your health. You make age curious, time furious, and
all of us envious."
"As you slide down the banister of life, may the splinters never
face the wrong way."
"May your luck be like the capital of Ireland. Always Dublin."
"May all our troubles in the coming year be as short as our New
"In the year ahead may we treat our friends with kindness and
our enemies with generosity. "
To close this lesson from my public speaking course I would like to tell
you that I feel like a loaf of bread. Wherever I go, they toast me.
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