Birthday toasts and speeches
toasts are a great way to help friends or family
celebrate the passing of another year.
to say depends on the age of the celebrant. The
toddler at right can dispense with any speeches or formalities: he
just wants his cake.
occasions -- such as an 80th or 90th birthday -- call
of wisdom and maturity. You'll
want to express thoughts that
are classic, in good taste and heartfelt.
can have more latitude for what you can say to those who are
their middle ages. Check out the collection of sayings that
glorious middle ages with a
sense of humor.
a person turns 30 or older, aging jokes are commonplace
and can be really funny so long as none of the guests are truly
old. Just be sure the humorous stories
a person reaches 60, aging jokes work only if they are told by
someone older. Even then, you should be sensitive to the birthday
person's ability to laugh at himself or herself.
and gemstones traditionally go with specific birthdays, so you
might want to refer to a birthday month chart as you develop your toast.
for birthdays and anniversaries often reflect changes a person
has witnessed or encountered. Those who experience the Great Depression
or World War II are now in their 80s and 90s but those a few decades
younger witnessed the birth of rock and roll, the U.S. Civil Rights
movement, the moon landing, the disco craze or wide ties and leisure
suits. (If you don't know about that, look up fashion in the 70s.)
out history timelines if you want to mention how much
has changed in a person's life. The trip down memory lane can be fun
for all guests as most will probably identify with the milestones you
mention in a short speech.
and sayings celebrating wisdom
for the glorious middle ages
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