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Dear Worried Wedding Speech giver,

''I am Adams from the United States. This happened to our family prior to my daughter’s wedding and it can happen to you too unless you…

Life isn't  always fair-Is it?

Granny once said life was not fair. I found it hard to understand her words until tragedy struck our home. Words cannot adequately describe how I felt  as my  daughter’s wedding drew near.

Sadly,however,days  before  her  big  day, my wife’s brother was involved in a bloody road accident when returning home from work. His cherry-red Toyota Highlander ran into a truck. The vehicle was terribly mangled and three of his co-workers died on the spot.

When news of the disaster reached us, we were simply shocked and we couldn’t apply our minds to the wedding planning.

Our wedding plans grounded to a halt.

I wondered why that dark cloud over our roof at that crucial moment. Our hearts was in our mouth and we didn’t know what to do. We had to attend to him all the time and we lost touch with the wedding planning festivities.

We had wanted to cancel the marriage plans but we couldn’t because many of our guests had written or emailed to confirm that they were coming.

My daughter couldn’t take it . She feared her kind uncle might not been able to make it. Added to this was the fact everything had come to a halt.Sometimes, she did sob like a worried child on my wife’s shoulders but I kept reassuring her that all shall be well.

In less than two weeks to go, the doctor carried out a surgery on his right thigh. It took twelve hours for the doctors to correct a dislocated bone.

Despite the odds prevailing against us, we put our acts together to ensure nothing was left to chance. The wedding preparations resumed albeit on a rather low note.

An unusual miracle!

One sunny afternoon, something unusual occurred was awakened by the persistent cries of the home phone and so I quickly grabbed the receiver.

‘Is this Adam?’, the caller asked.

’Of course’,I countered.

‘’Michael is doing so well and we have agreed to discharged Monday afternoon.’’,she said reassuringly.

I broke the ‘’sweet’’ news of his recovery to the family and everyone was in joy. My wife knelt and raised both arms the way Holy fathers pray in a monastery. I broke down in tears of joy and tears dripped down my daughter’s soft cheeks.

It was unbelievable when we picked him up from the hospital. He didn’t suffer any bone damage.He wasn’t even hobbling.

He was the Mike we always knew! I never believed in miracles till that day I saw him walk out of the hospital with my naked eyes! Seeing the extent of damage of his auto, I thought he did come out paralyzed.

My wife came to my rescue

His remarkable recovery lifted our spirits and we worked around the clock to ensure things were properly fixed for our daughter's marriage. With less than three days to our daughter’s wedding, my wife asked, ‘’Honey, how can we make the day memorable?’’

Frankly, I couldn’t think of a neat idea. Hours later, she suggested a wedding speech. My face fell at her suggestion because I once embarrassed myself when asked to give a short speech at a family party.

‘’Emily, we better give her childhood scrapbook’’, I countered

‘’That’s OK for her but how about the guests? I read from somewhere that the giving of wedding speeches linger on their minds more than anything else. Please forget about your past public speaking failures and give it a try.’’ , She admonished

‘’OK my dear'', i replied

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I must confess that I went online and scoured everywhere until I found your speech samples. It was exactly what I was looking for. It helped me to put my exact thoughts and emotions into words.

The tips on overcoming wedding speech worries abated my fears and it inspired me to develop self-confidence. It was a real blessing.

I shared the story of my brother –in-law’s incredible recovery and the challenges that ensued. Mike, my brother-in-law, my wife and daughter and some guests had moist eyes. As I blurted on, they couldn’t fight back their tears any longer.

Some of the wedding guests even shared tears. They were moved by my wedding speech. When It was over the family came to hug me and a guest thought I was a pro!

The experience was so magical. The success stories saved me.

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Giving memorable wedding speeches isn’t as difficult as you imagined it to be.''

If Adam was able to give his amid the tension in his family, you too can give yours like a pro.Forget about your past experience and ignore that voice within which seems to say you don’t have the guts to face the audience.

The truth is you can make it if you picture the benefits of saying something memorable at a wedding.

Just imagine the honor and the sense of accomplishment you will experience after you have mustered courage to give your speech.Your family and friends will come up to hug and tell you well done. Those who have aren’t better or more eloquent than you are. Just believe in your self and you can.

All you have to do is to click on the kind of wedding speech you will give and discover how

how some nervous wedding speakers from around the world gave great speeches at weddings and even got standing ovation despite having fears and no public speaking skills!

Go click on your preferred link from the list or categories or the kind of wedding speeches you will give below to discover how they did that and how you too can do same no matter how you feel. They are a must read!

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Birthday Speech or Toast for Nephew or Niece

 

I am sure you came to this page because you are looking for help with one or more of the following ideas:

 

  • How to write a sweet 1st, 16th, 18th, 21st  birthday speech toast for your nephew or niece

 

  • Where and how to find good birthday speech examples you can model your toast for nephew or niece after

 

….Plus a whole more

 

They say a good uncle or aunt is like a second parent and that’s very true as far as this story is concerned.

 

Vlaimir was born to immigrant parents who travelled to the US after war broke out in their native country of Kosovo.

 

He arrived in the US together with them and he lost both parents on the same to a devastating wind storm when the roof on their building imploded and killed the couple.

 

Birthday seech for niece template

 

He was then on summer vacation so his life was spared and his kind uncle stepped up to the plate to care for the sad teenager. The two developed a close bond that most people thought Jared was his father.

 

Before long, he turned 18 years old on the same day he lost his mom and dad and his uncle felt he needed to do something that will not only honor the memory of his parents but celebrate the life of his life in a very special way.

 

After weighing a lot of options, he decided that the best way to do that was to tell a little story about his nephew’s life in a birthday speech.  But he had a problem.  He wasn’t so good with words.

 

But after picking bits and pieces of information from here and there, he came up with the following short birthday message for his beloved nephew.

 

Please note: This example can also be used even if you are aunt of the birthday celebrant.

 

By the way, I am going to break this example down bit by bit so you can figure out how to write your own birthday toast for your nephew or niece even if you think you are not cut out for speaking in public.

 

Now, here you go:

 

Birthday Speech Toast Example for Nephew or Niece

Good evening everyone and thanks for coming. Although Vlaimir is my nephew, I have always considered him a son because he brings so much joy to my life in a way nothing else does and I feel so grateful and blessed to be his uncle.

 

Vlaimir came into our lives 21 years ago. He was the first grandchild and we were beyond excited to meet him. I was particularly proud as punch to be an uncle for the very first time.

 

Come to think of it. Even though it was one of the best days of life, I felt rather nervous like a deer caught in the headlights (I actually looked like one too) when my sister Evelyn handed the little baby over to me and I held him so tight in my arms for fear of dropping him like a stone.

 

From an early age, Vlaimir was a curious, happy, adventurous and active little boy who loved to soccer. I still remember with pride how he ran like a beast on the field when we went to watch him play in the local soccer derby.

 

He played very well and it was a very special moment for me to see him running around in the same colors as his other uncle Jim and I did for our very last club  before retiring from the game.

 

The talented soccer player has since won several awards both at club and school, inspired his siblings and cousins to improve upon their games, as well making representative teams. Let me say that he is the next soccer in the making!

 

Vlaimir has always been very quiet and unassuming. When I say that, I do not mean in the sense that he’s a pushover or can be walked on, because he’s also

very smart. But he was just always good natured, and would think of others before himself.

 

Birthday speech for my niece

 

He knows how to massage pretty well. He genuinely has a magic touch! Let this arthritic old uncle tell you, when Vlaimir puts on his “family chiropractor” hat and starts with the massaging, you feel 20 years old again!

 

Vlaimir, I am glad to see you celebrate one more year of life; it is good to see you so big and so happy. You are the pride of your parents and mine too. I am sure they are so proud of you and would have been the proudest parents if they were around today.

 

As we celebrate your special birthday, I just want to reassure you that I will always be there for you.  As you grow, please live your dreams without trampling on anyone. Live in the present without looking back and without worrying about the future because today is the only day that counts.

 

Never ignore what your heart tells you and never go against your principles to follow others.

 

I consider you as my son and so I do not want you to forget that you can always count on me. If there is anything I can help, any advice I can give, I will give it to you and help with all the pleasure of the world. I love you and I know you will have a great future.

 

Happy Birthday!

 

 

Ok, now let us see how that short example was written. Think back to your high school years and you will remember your English teacher saying that every essay has three main parts: the introduction, body, and conclusion.

 

From the above template, the introduction comprise of these core constituents:

  1. The name of the speaker
  2. His or her relationship with the nephew or niece
  3. Greetings and expression of gratitude

 

That’s fairly easy to write. But I need to mention that you can pay tribute to the celebrant’s mom and father as well as other family members and friends who helped bring him or her up.

 

Action Tip: Starting right now, write down a simple intro as well as a couple of individuals you wish to express appreciation to.

 

That’s not all. Closely connected to the introduction is an attention grabber. This is simply a statement that captures the attention of the party goers and makes them want to hang on to every word you say.

 

It was rendered like this in above scenario: ‘’ Good evening everyone and thanks for coming. Although Vlaimir is my nephew, I have always considered… ‘’

 

Well, no one likes a boring presentation. So, you have to start with a bang and I am happy to share with you a couple of ways you can easily do that.

 

First, right after a short self-presentation, you can start off by playing this video and you will tickle everyone with delight and laughter.

 

 

 

Second, if you are tongue tied and not too sure where to start from, you can start with a story about his or her life. Stories like what happened when your nephew or niece was born, what happened on the day they were born, and a few days after their arrival.

 

Third, if you are short on ideas and you have a good singing voice, you can start out by breaking out into a beautiful song about your nephew or niece’s life and that will be more than enough to make everyone’s day. Can you give it a try?

 

Fourth, if most of the birthday party guests are Christians or you are a bible believing Christian, you can begin with a prayer of gratitude to God for adding another year to your nephew or niece’s life.

 

 

 

Fifth, you can make the occasion very memorable by presenting your nephew or niece a very unique birthday gift before you even start with your birthday message for him or her. Can you think of more perfect gift that suits the occasion and this purpose?

 

For example, to make it funny, you can say you are giving him 18 gifts. You can go a step further by bringing out what each stage of his or her life entails.

 

Let me be clear with this one. Suppose you have 18 gifts in your hand to give the birthday celebrant, right?

So, you start by giving the first gift and say something to this effect: Gift#1 represents the time you came into our lives.

 

Gift #2 indicates when you turned 1 year old and I was so excited that I almost dropped you on the sofa…

 

It goes on and on and on…I am sure you understand where we are going with this?

 

Now, let us see

How to Write the Body or Content of Your Birthday Toast for Your Nephew and Niece

 

Most speech givers assume that they can quickly piece together their stories. So they just dive in and write whatever comes to mind and make a few changes here and there. That shouldn’t be the case at all.

 

Birthday speech for nephew examples

 

To get a better handle on things and keep your ideas flowing in a well-structured manner, you should prepare and plan about what to say and how to say it before you even write down what you are going to say about your nephew or niece on their birthday.

 

So, here are a few steps to follow before you even think of writing your toast.

 

First, decide on how long or short you want your message to be. You shouldn’t get too fixated on the length because as long as it beautifully captures the spirit and character of the birthday guy or gal, you will have no trouble getting the attention of the party goers.

 

Next, you decide on the theme and style of your speech. Here, you have to decide if you want to deliver a narrative, sentimental, rhyming, and musical or a combination of one more speech styles.

 

All in all, what you choose should be something you are comfortable with. This should be something  that reflects your personal demeanor and not something that’s fabricated or in vogue.

 

Afterwards, you can watch a couple of videos about birthday speeches so you can get an idea of how such messages are delivered.

 

Well, I found these videos for you. Just hit the play button and see if there’s idea you can add to your speech from both clips.

 

Birthday Speech/Wishes for Nephew (Video)

 

 

 

 

Birthday Speech/Wishes for Niece (Video)

 

 

 

Then, you should come up with stories about your nephew or niece’s life. If you are stuck and don’t know where to start, then these pointers or questions can steer you in the right direction.

 

  • What was the feeling like when the birthday celebrant was born?
  • What were they like when they were much younger?
  • What were they like when they were growing up?
  • What have you learned from them?
  • What’s your advice for him or her as they grow up?

 

Action Tip: Write answers to the questions above and use your answers to write a rough first draft. Allow it to rest for a while and come back to clean it up until you are okay with the changes made.

 

Now, let’s look at this a little more closely: How to End Your Toast on a Very Memorable Note

 

The closing lines of your speech are equally important as the opening remarks. But I still wonder why a lot of folks don’t pay attention to this crucial aspect of their presentation. I am sure they are accustomed to ending their toasts with one or more of these best wishes:

 

  • You're the most adorable, talented, and mischievous nephew (niece) there is. Happy birthday to the perfect nephew!
  • You are a wonderful reminder of all that makes life wonderful. ...
  • You're the naughtiest nephew(niece) but also the cutest, so you're forgiven

 

But other than that, you can conclude your toast with any of these techniques.

 

First, you can end with a prayer if you are Christians.

 

Second, you can gift your nephew or niece a very special gift to end it all.

 

Third, if you don’t have anything to say, just end with one of the best wishes above or your own.

Birthday speech for nephew


Birthday Speech or Toast for Your Brother or Sister

 

Just Read This Post From Start to End and You Will Find Simple and Easy Ways of Writing a Sweet Birthday Message for Your Brother or Sister

 

You are at the right place at the right time if you are looking for help with any of these:

 

  • How to write a funny 16th, 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th, 70th, 80th, 85th , 90th,etc birthday speech toast for your brother or sister

 

  • Birthday speech examples for your brother or sister you can model your toast after

 

  • What to say about your brother or sister on his or her birthday

…plus a whole lot more

 

Most siblings go to great lengths to surprise their brothers and sisters on their birthdays.

 

If you have ever done that, that was sweet for you because birthdays are our birthrights and you have to do all you can to make it a very special one when your brother or sister is celebrating that special day.

 

For example, you can gift your sister a birthday cake or even give your brother a nice watch.

 

But as you are pretty much aware, these gifts can lose their appeal in no time at all.

 

Birthday toast for my brother examples

 

However, the written word will always stand the test of time. Which is why it’s so important to write a sweet birthday tribute for your sister or brother even if he or she is celebrating his or her 16th, 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th, 70th, 80th, 85th , 90th,etc birthday.

 

Take Note of These Before You Even Start To Write and Your Speech Will Be a Hit

 

Well, I want to show you how you can tap into the power of the written word.

But before we do that, let us take note of a few things you should take note of before you can make your sibling proud with your birthday tribute.

 

The following are myths that always stand in the way when people have to deliver any kind of speech.

 

First and foremost, most people think they have to be good writers to craft brilliant speeches. That’s not entirely true although being great with words always help to a certain extent.

 

You see, as long as you are able to capture what you wish to say about your brother or sister in a very coherent manner, you will have no problem at all capturing the attention of the audience.

 

Second, most people are pricked with fear when they imagine themselves standing before a group of people to present a message. It even gets worse if they are about to deliver a very personal speech.

 

Well, if you want to do well, then you have got to put the past behind you and just focus on the next performance.

 

As you keep your gaze fixed on what you want to say no matter the obstacles, you will be filled with a new surge of energy that will prop you up for success. This always works even if you are nervous as a deer in the headlights.

 

Now, let’s see

 

How to Write a Heartfelt and Inspiring Birthday Toast for Your Brother or Sister

 

A reason why most people find it so hard to express their thoughts on paper is because they start to pen down their thoughts without actually finding out how it is done.

 

It’s just like someone planning to travel to another country without having a solid plan in hand.

 

To get started, you should first study samples of birthday speeches that were a hit. You can immerse yourself in the process by either watching videos or reading proven birthday templates or both. Both serve complementary roles though.

 

So, I would recommend that you watch the following videos to start with. As you do, jot down ideas and phrases you think can fit into your birthday message.

 

Video#1: Birthday Speech Example for Brother

 

 

Video # 2: Birthday Speech Example for Sister

 

 

 

 

Did you enjoy those clips? I did!

 

Now, let us also look at two written examples. Afterwards, I will break it down step by step so you can figure out how to write the content of your birthday speech for your brother or sister.

 

Here you go:

Birthday Speech Example/ Template for a Brother

 

Good evening and thanks everyone for coming. I am Mike, brother of the birthday guy.

My older brother has always held a special place in my heart. When I look back at how the wonderful gifts that have come my way, I always like to think he’s the most priceless gift I have ever received.

 

He’s always being such a great role model for every brother because he’s so loving, protective and supportive.

I remember

 

You’ve been a blessing not only to me but everyone you’ve ever come into contact with. God only knows what my life would have been like if you were not in it. Thank you for always being there for me and giving me your support and strength.

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

 

May your life be filled with sweet moments, happy smiles and blissful memories. May this day give you a new beginning in life.

Happy birthday and enjoy your day as much as you can!

 

How to write a birthday speech for my sister

 

Birthday Speech Example/ Template for a Sister

 

Today I have the pleasure of watching my dear elder sister turn another year older! The fact that I am the first born is plain to see as I have more grays and wrinkles than the birthday girl!

All throughout childhood we always had each other’s back, and it’s so great to know that even as we grow older nothing has changed in the least. I still remember the thrill and sense of excitement I felt when she first came home as a little baby girl.

 

As she grew older, she became a min version of me and we were like twins as we grow older. She was more like my shadow.  I remember once………….

I can’t comprehend how my life would have been without you in it. Through you, I have experienced some of the best moments in life and I know there will be more to come.  

I am so blessed to have such an incredible sister like you. I’ll always admire and love you and hold your back!

 

I’m wishing you an amazing and beautiful birthday today, sis! Happy birthday and God bless you!

 

 

Both were short and to the point! Now, let’s start with what I told you about earlier.

 

If you look at both carefully, you will realize both templates have an introduction, body, and conclusion.

To make the writing of your birthday message a breeze, you can split the sections into these three parts and take it from there.

 

So, let’s first start with the opening remarks or address. As you have seen from the opening addresses above, it has two basic elements.

 

The first part mainly comprises a short self-introduction as well as expression of gratitude to your brother or sister for asking you to deliver the speech as well as the party planners if you know who they are.

 

If your parents or other siblings and their families are around, you can briefly acknowledge their presence.

When you are done, you can dive right in with a catch phrase or statement. This is where most speakers fail to make the desired impression.

 

How then do you get the attention of the audience and make everyone want to hang on to everything you say?

Don’t worry because these simple ideas will help you do justice to this very crucial part of your presentation.

 

First, you can simply copy any of the examples above if you really have nothing to say or you are stuck for ideas.

 

Second, you can come up with something funny by playing this video to entertain the guests before you actually deliver your birthday message for your brother or sister. I am sure that tickled you with laughter and excitement, right?

 

Third, if you are a Christian or the birthday celebrant is, you can begin your speech with a scripture or bible verse. For example you may start with any of these bible quotes

a. Psalm 133

King James Version

133 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments;

As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.

b. Psalm 136

King James Version

136 O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever.

O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever.

To him who alone doeth great wonders: for his mercy endureth for ever.

To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endureth for ever.

To him that stretched out the earth above the waters: for his mercy endureth for ever.

  1. John 3: 36

36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them

 

Now, let’s try to use the first verse to write a few lines.

 

Scripture says how good and pleasant it is to dwell in unity. Tonight, we have come together to give thanks to God for the gift of life and to celebrate with Mark.

Did you see how I came up with that short example?

 

Fourth, if you want to deliver an emotional tribute, you may start with quotes. It could be quotes about friendship or life or anything you can imagine.

 

Below are some good ones you can use.

 

  • ‘’The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.” — Elisabeth Foley
  • “Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you; spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.” — Amy Poehler
  • They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” — Carl W. Buechner

 

Fifth, you can dive right in with a funny story about what happened prior to your brother or sister’s birth if you are an older sibling or have been told what happened on that fateful day.

 

Sixth, this is rarely done. But if you can find a way to tie in your brother or sister’s birthday to an event in history, then your toast will be very unique and memorable.

Birthday speech for my sister

 

Ok, let me illustrate with this example.

 

My brother’s birthday is a very special day. Come to think of it. On this day, the great novelist Terry Simples was born. On this same day, my brother Dan also made his grand entry into this world and as you all know, on this beautiful day 50 years ago, my younger brother arrived two years after I did.

 

He tells me there’s this kind and gentle person who also shares the same birthday. But he chose to be with us today and defer his to the next weekend because of the love and respect he has for his friend.

 

Where is this very wonderful friend? Yeah, there he is. Can you give him a hand?

 

With that being said, let us now turn our attention to this:

 

How to Write the Content or Body of Your Birthday Speech for Your Brother or Sister

 

I always cringe with disappointment and frustration whenever someone writes to me and ask me how to put together a speech for them.

 

On the surface, it looks very easy to write a good speech. But most people struggle to get it done because they don’t have a plan of action.

 

To pour your heart out, you first need a workable plan you so you can come up with best ideas. This is what I recommend you do to get your thoughts flowing freely.

 

First, you have got to decide on the theme and style of your speech.

The style is simply how you want it to sound. Do you want it to sound poetic, narrative, sentimental, rhyming, funny or didactic? Please decide and stick with one or more of these styles.

 

Second, you have to decide how long or short you want your toast for your brother or sister to last. You really don’t have to worry about the length or duration of what you wish to say. As long as it is engaging, everyone will be happy to listen to you.

 

Third, gather the right facts and make sure you present them coherently. If you are an older brother or sister, then you can say a whole lot about his or her life. 

 

It’s common for most siblings to tell beautiful stories about their sons and weave in something sentimental. Others give a step by step account of the birthday celebrant’s life. Not bad though. But if you want to go that route, just make sure the story is nice to hear and doesn’t sound like a biography.

 

You can get these stories by doing a little brainstorming to spark a better idea. Then, you choose from the pool of stories that you think can best help you to say something about your brother or sister.

 

Ok…If you still don’t know where to start from, then just answer the following questions. Your answers can be used as starting points for the rest of your speech.

 

Here you go:  

  • How did you feel when your brother or sister was born?

 

  • What was life like with him or her growing up?

 

  • What are some memorable events you can remember?

 

  • What are some funny memories about him or her?

 

  • What are his or her views about life and growing old?

 

Action Tip: Write down answers to the above questions and use your answers to write a rough draft of your speech. When it’s over, you can later go back to edit the piece until it comes out the way you want it.

 

Now, let’s turn our focus to…

How You Can End Your Speech with a Bang

 

Most speeches often end with the same tone and emotions because we tend to copy one another a great deal.

But there are always ways of making the conclusion of every presentation unique and different from any other.

 

I want to make this aspect of the writing process very easy for you so that you can end your tribute on a very happy note.

 

First, you can gift your sibling very special gift and you will make the event a very memorable one.

 

Second, you can end by singing the happy birthday song.  Here you simply make it your own by substituting a few words here and there.

 

Here’s an example

Happy birthday to my brother John (sister Joanna)

Happy birthday to my brother John (sister Joanna)

Happy birthday to you

Happy birthday to my precious brother (sister)

How old are you now?    

How old are you now?

(Response)

I am 17 years old now

I am 17 years old now

You can swap 1 and 7

And you will know that I am 71

I am not a small boy!

Just look at my gray hair

And you will know that I am 71

Now you know that I am an old man!

Hip hip hip Hurrrrrrrrrrrrray!!!

 

Did you see how I personalize that song? Can you give it a try?

Birthday speech for my brother


Birthday Speech or Toast for Father from Son or Daughter

 

How to Painlessly Write a Great Birthday Message for Your Dad in a Very Short Amount of Time

 

Are you looking for great ideas on how to do any of these things?

  • How to write a great birthday speech for your dad on his 50th, 60th, 70th, 75th, 80th, 90th birthday

 

  • How to get good birthday speech examples you can model your speech after

 

  • Ideas to help you say something about your dad on his birthday

 

If you nodded yes all to that, then you are in good hands because I am going to walk you through everything you need to know about writing a great birthday speech toast for your dad on his birthday.

 

Most people underestimate the role fathers play in our lives. But if you have really been touched by a good father, then you know that you have been touched by a very special angel of love.

 

I never knew my dad. Let me say I saw him for just a week. I first saw him when I was 17 years old and later met him on his death bed. How sad!

 

Birthday speech to my dad

 

But I was blessed to have a step dad who stepped up to the plate and performed admirably well.

I am sure you have such a responsible dad and at this point I know you are thinking about how to make him proud with your birthday message.

 

This thought gets a little intimidating if you are not good with words and have heard so many people say that only persons with a love for words can write something amazing. That’s a myth. So, please don’t fall for it.

 

You only have to know the ropes well enough to do that and you will pull a wonderful surprise even if you think you are not good with words.

 

It can also get pretty terrifying if you have ever experienced any setback concerning speaking in public. This new task will definitely bring back memories of that horrible moment and make you wonder if you can make dad proud.

 

You should all that behind you if you really want to make a difference this time around.  I have helped several nervous and tongue tied people give brilliant speeches with flair and confidence and I can tell you that it’s not as hard as most people imagine it to be.

 

 

With that being said, let’s now look into this:

How to Write a Memorable Birthday Speech for Your Dad

 

First and foremost, let’s study the following example carefully.  Then, we will break one of them down so you can figure out what goes into writing a great piece.

 

Dad’s 50th Birthday Speech

I would like to thank Samantha for this great example.

 

I don’t think there is a shadow of doubt in this room that I stand before all of you as a true, 100% daddy’s girl. Growing up, the biggest compliment you could have given me is to say how much I looked like Dad, how much I walked like Dad, how much my mannerisms were exactly like Dad’s.

 

I loved hearing it because it made me feel closer to Dad. I wanted to be closer to Dad because he is my best friend.

 

A lot of parents can’t wait for the day that their kids become old enough so they can have that coveted best friend relationship with each other. But for me, even at a young age, Dad had always played that hybrid older brother-young father role in my life.

 

I was very shy, didn’t have a lot of confidence and had practically no friends at the first primary school I attended. This meant that I longed for my weekends where I could escape with Dad to our glorious routine of KFC and lepak at Atria Shopping Mall.

 

 

This means that aside from bringing me weekly joy in the form of chicken nuggets, he is also 100% responsible for how fat I used to be. I think we both realized that my KFC obsession was about to hit a turning point when at the tender age of six or seven years old, I asked Dad if I could have the family size potato gravy all to myself. He said no.

 

 

But truly, on weekends, we lived my rockstars. Dad bought me my first PlayStation after realizing it was something I would have preferred over Barbie dolls, and he was right. He bought me everything from hamsters to badminton racquets, even though I didn’t particularly like badminton, I just wanted to make friends at school.

 

 

The stereotypical Asian dad is one who stoic, unfeeling and a bit of a workaholic. But Dad is different. Dad has always had an unwavering confidence in knowing exactly who I am. I wanted to be closer to my dad because he taught me about music.

 

 

When I was 11 years old, Dad took me to my first concert ever, Linkin Park live at Stadium Bukit Jalil. After the concert, he tried his best to get me home on time so I could still attend school the next day. But even if we had stayed out all night, I was adamant about going to school because I wanted to tell everyone about my cool head banging dad who preferred screaming rock to The Bee Gees.

 

 

It wasn’t just these big ticket events that were fun, the every day was an adventure with Dad. My fondest memories are of being picked up in Dad’s old Ford Escape, en route to completing a banal errand such as grocery shopping while listening to his latest music purchase.

 

 

It was through Dad that I had my first taste of TLC, a 90s all girl R&B group, of which the messages pertained to their songs actually became fundamental learnings for me. The first song Dad taught me is called ‘Unpretty’ and he explained to me that it was about inner beauty and self-acceptance.

 

 

The lyrics go:

You can buy your hair if it won’t grow

You can fix your nose if he says so

You can buy all the makeup that M.A.C. can make

But if you can’t look inside you

Find out who am I too

Be in the position to make me feel so damn unpretty

 

 

The second song by TLC, I now realized he taught me for a very good reason. In fact, I’m quite sure I was even subconsciously made to memorize it as we played it on a continuous loop. The chorus of it is as follows:

 

No I don’t want your number

No I don’t want to give you mine and

No, I don’t want to meet you nowhere

No, I don’t want none of your time and

No, I don’t want no scrub

A scrub is a guy that can’t get no love from me

 

Thanks for the early warning Dad.

I wanted to be closer to Dad because he inspires me to be the best version of myself.

 

Studies are extremely important in Dad’s household but any bad results were not dealt with your typical reprimands. Dad had a very different strategy of sitting me down and together we would discuss my grades, reevaluate my life and my values. This sort of logical reasoning was much, much worse than any form of physical pain because I hated to disappoint him.

 

My favourite story regarding this was the time I didn’t do so well in a mathematics exam. That day, the lesson was “Get it right the first time” “Get it right the first time Sam,” said Dad. “In my line of work, if I make a mistake or even a tiny miscalculation, buildings fall and people die. So, get it right the first time”.

 

In all seriousness, Dad was only ever tough on me if he sensed that I had not given my best. Because that is the way he lives his life, whether in work or play, a big undertaking or a tiny task, Dad always gave his 100%.

I wanted to be closer to Dad because when you look up “nice guy” in the dictionary, you see a photo of him.

 

You can call my Dad many things. A golf tragic, a by-product of a traumatic boarding school experience in rural NSW or even a Leeds United supporter till death do they part. But no title quite encapsulates who he is than the fact that my Dad is simply a really good person. He’s made many sacrifices for me, for the boys and for Aunty Lisa and has worn many hats.

 

Examples include being the unofficial driver to tuition and swimming practice, and agony aunt when life in Sydney gets a bit too overwhelming for me and I need a listening ear. By leading through example, he’s shown me the importance of respecting my elders and looking after Ma Ma and Goong Goong.

 

Birthday toast examples for my dad

 

My Dad is kind to strangers, kinder to friends but there are no people in the world he loves more than family. And I’m sure all of you have a great Leslie moment where you came away from and couldn’t help but think “Les is such a good guy”.

 

Dad. I’m so proud to call you Dad. Thank you for loving me . The greatest gift you’ve ever given me is not the first PlayStation or the Backstreet Boys Greatest Hits cassette, but an infallible moral compass that I know will always guide me to do the right thing.

 

No matter how far apart we might be physically, or how many WhatsApp and Viber calls have died on us, or if I end up marrying my non-scrub husband one day, I know we will always be close. And I will always be your girl. Happy 50th Birthday.

 

I don’t know about you. But I did enjoy this special, wonderful birthday tribute to this great man. I am sure you are wondering how you can come up with something like that if not better.

 

The good news is you can. Just stay put and let us do this  together.

 

First and foremost, let’s start with Samantha’s introductory remarks.

 

Here you go:

‘’I don’t think there is a shadow of doubt in this room that I stand before all of you as a true, 100% daddy’s girl. Growing up, the biggest compliment you could have given me is to say how much I looked like Dad, how much I walked like Dad, how much my mannerisms were exactly like Dad’s. I loved hearing it because it made me feel closer to Dad’’

 

I particularly love this introduction because it is witty, sweet and warm. Before you attempt to write something like that, there are a few things I would like you to know about.

 

 

The writer could have begun with a short self-introduction although I am sure the emcee would have introduced her to the party guests.

Nonetheless, she could have said something along these lines:

''Hello….Good evening everyone. I am Samantha….Dad’s little girl. I actually share the same birthday with him and I am happy that you have come from far and near to be with us tonight.''

 

What’s more, she could have gone on to thank his dad for asking her to give those brief remarks as well as other personalities who were at the birthday bash.  

 

People like

  • Your uncles and aunts
  • His friends
  • His neighbors
  • His business associates
  • His pastor

 

Please note: If your dad will be thanking all those people, you can simply say: ‘’Thank you everyone for coming.’’

 

Now, let us see how to start your opening remarks with a bang since every good speech has to start on a bright note.

 

First, you can customize the example above to suit your writing needs if you are a Daddy’s girl.

 

Second, if you or your father is a Christian, you can start with a simple prayer that will bless your dad’s life. This simple but powerful prayer can work.

On this special day, may God bless you with many reasons to rejoice and be glad as you add another year today.

May God bless you so much and may God continue to fill your heart with happiness, love, joy, and peace. Happy birthday, dad.

 

Third, if you want everyone to breakout into laughter, you can probably show this video as a surprise before you even deliver your birthday speech for dad. That would at least lighten up the mood.

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

 

Fourth, if you are a good singer, you can simply write some brief remarks about your father and sing it to the beat of a well-known song and your speech will be a massive hit.

 

Fifth, before you even start delivering your toast, you can gift dad a very special gift to show everyone how much you love and appreciate him. Can you think of a more perfect gift that will make dad so proud of you?

If you do, then you better get it and deliver it to him and you will be admired and respected for being so kind and thoughtful.

 

Sixth, you can start on an emotional note by infusing your opening remarks with any of these touching quotes.

 

  • “Dad: A son’s first hero, a daughter’s first love.” —Unknown
  • The power of a dad in a child’s life is unmatched.” —Justin Ricklefs
  • “It is a wise father that knows his own child.” —William Shakespeare
  • “A father’s smile has been known to light up a child’s entire day.” —Susan Gale
  • “A father doesn’t tell you that he loves you. He shows you.” —Dimitri the Stoneheart

 

Ok, I would like to use the second quote to illustrate how quotes can be used to write a captivating opening address.

 

When I was growing up, dad used to say that every child needs a dad in their life because the power of a dad in a child’s life is unmatched. It is only when I grew older that I perfectly understood what he meant by that. He didn’t have to explain it to me but I got that from him when he rescued me from a wild stray cat that had sneaked into our house.

Mom was the first to spot that critter in our yard and she ran as fast as her legs could carry due to obvious reasons. Our screams awoke dad from his sleep and he dashed right to the spot where he……….

 

Did you notice how I insert those witty lines into that extract? That’s exactly how it is done.

 

Birthday speech for father from son

 

Now, let’s see how you can write the body or outline of the toast itself.

Several people get excited about writing a memorable birthday tribute for their dad but they get stuck in the process and end up not sure of what to do next.

 

If you really want to get your creative juices flowing, there are a couple of simple steps to follow to get it done.

 

First, you have to identify the kind of speech style you want to go with. Do you want to do something funny, sentimental, poetic, narrative, theatrical, musical or a combination of two or more styles? Choosing a style that best resonates with you will set you apart from the other speakers.

 

Then, you have to watch a couple of videos to get an idea of how such toasts are delivered if you have never come across one.

Well, here are two classics I found for you. Click the play button to watch them and see if there’s anything you can add to your own birthday message for dad.

 

Birthday Speech for Dad Video#1

 

 

Birthday Speech for Dad Video#2

 

 

After watching those video clips, you can start to put your ideas together based on what you know about your dad. Remember, this is not a biography. But an account of his life based on what makes him unique as a person.

 

For example, you can mention that he is kind, caring, and supportive and then you go on to support those qualities with stories about those traits.

 

Again, you can simply share memorable anecdotes about him, particularly those you participated in.

 

Action Tip: Go grab your pen and paper and write down answers to these brief questions.

  1. What are your dad’s special qualities?
  1. What makes him a very special person to you, your family and those he comes into contact with?
  1. What memories do you have about him?
  1. What do you want to say to your dad on his birthday?

 

Now, using that template as an inspiration, write down a brief outline of your speech and go back to edit it until you are very pleased with what you have got.

 

 

Now, let us go on to…

Proven Techniques to Help You End Your Speech on a Happy and Memorable Note

 

The closing lines of your birthday toast for your father is as equally important as your opening remarks. Granted, most speakers don’t end too well. All they do is to say their best wishes and go back to their seats.

 

There’s nothing wrong with that approach. But we can always look at more interesting ways of wrapping up on a bright note.

 

How then, can you do that? I am glad you have asked this great question.

 

First, you can simply say your well-wishes if you have nothing at all to say. Here are some good ones you can use. 

  • Celebrate this great day with the knowledge that nothing can take away the happiness you deserve in life if you do not give the green light to it. Happy birthday!
  • May the coming years of your life be filled with unlimited happiness and joys. Happy birthday to the most amazing dad ever!
  • Happy birthday dad! I wish nothing but absolute best for you as this is what you truly deserve! Proud to call myself your son(daughter) !

 

Second, you can give your dad a very beautiful and special gift and he will be so proud of you. What gift do you have in mind? You better think about it and give him something to laugh about.

 

Third, you can end by thanking your father for his love and support over the years. You might end your story with at least 3 reasons why you feel extremely thankful to have your dad in your life.

Birthday toast for dad from daughter (2)

 


Birthday Speech or Toast for Your Son or Daughter by Mom: How to Easily Write a Sweet Birthday Message for Your Son or Daughter

 

Hi Mom,

 

Do you wish to find great ideas on any of the following?

 

  • How to write a great birthday speech for your son or daughter on his or her 1st, 16th, 18th, 21st, 30th, 40th

 

  • Where to find birthday speech examples for your son or daughter and how to use them to write a heartfelt toast

 

  • Tips and ideas to help you write a birthday message for your child on his or her birthday?

 

If you answered yes to any or all of the above, then please stay tuned because I am going to walk you through everything you need to know about writing a great birthday toast for your son or daughter.

 

Birthday speech by mom

 

You Are The Most Special Person on Earth…Here’s Why

There’s no doubt that mothers play a very influential role in their child’s life.

 

Right from when you discover that you have taken seed to when your child gets married to the love of their life, to when your children have their own kids, mothers are always there for their offspring no matter what they go through in their lives.

 

One proud moment for all mothers is when their children celebrate their birthdays. This memorable day is meant not only to celebrate your child’s life but also to tell their friends and family what they mean to you.

 

If you are wondering about what to say on your son’s or daughter’s birthday, then you don’t have to worry because in this post, I am going to share with you everything you need to know to help you write a sweet birthday message or speech for your son and daughter.

 

But before we delve into it, let us look at two issues that hold most people back from doing so well when they are presented with an opportunity to say a few words before any crowd.

 

Do you have any idea what they are? You might even be experiencing one as I write this now.

Ok….

 

 

Take Care of These and Your Speech Will Be a Massive Hit

First, most speech givers get butterflies in their tummy when they imagine how their speeches would be received by their listeners. This usually happens due to past speaking failures.

 

For example, if you have failed to address an audience confidently sometime in the past, old memories will come back to haunt you and you will even begin to wonder if you are really cut out for speaking in public.

 

You can turn the tide around by putting the past behind you no matter how humiliating it was and embrace this new task with a heart of confidence and you will be filled with an unstoppable surge of energy no matter what is going through your mind.

 

Second, most people think it’s only good writers who have the ability to craft superb toasts.

 

I have read several great tributes that were written by people like you and me. Although being blessed with the gift of words can largely influence your choice of words to a large degree, if you learn the ropes and apply yourself to it, you too can write a great speech without trying so hard.

 

Having said that, let us now look at how to easily and quickly write a great birthday toast for your son or daughter on his or her 1st, 16th, 18th, 21st, 30th, 40th etc. birthday.

 

To do that, we can start off by looking at this birthday speech template which will form the basis for our study.

 

Ready? Here you go:

 

A Mother’s Birthday Message for Her Son

P.S I would like to thank Lynette Sheppard for posting this excellent example on her blog. Although this for a son, you can still tweak it if for example, you are writing about your daughter.

 

I cannot believe this day has arrived – the day I have simultaneously anticipated and dreaded. The little boy who made me a mother, who screamed himself hoarse on the first night home from the hospital and caused me years of grief with his beloved iron will is now 18, all grown up and making final preparations for his impending flight from the nest.

 

Months, not years, are all that I have left before the dynamic of our family morphs into something that I cannot yet fully grasp. And I have feelings: lots of big feelings.

 

While I could write a novel about my experience with this boy and how it has largely made me into the person and mother I am today, I will spare you the soliloquy. Instead, I am going to talk directly to him and invite you to read along.

 

Dear Jordan,

I remember well the day that you joined our family, a perfect little bundle of joy. While I was young, inexperienced, and naive, I could not have been happier to hold you in my arms and dream about what you would grow up to become.

 

 It was apparent from day one that you came to this earth with a mind of your own. You were perceptive beyond measure. You knew how you wanted things and refused to accept anything less, especially from yourself.

 

With your innate perfectionistic tendencies, intelligence, and musicality that were all manifested within the first few months your life, I knew that I would have my hands full. You initially gave me a run for my money and caused me to question what I could possibly teach you (because you thought you already knew everything) and how I would ever be able to help you mold your stubborn persistence into something worthwhile.

 

There were many days when I secretly questioned the Lord’s decision to send you to me because I felt so unqualified to teach you how to behave, let alone how to become a contributing member of society.

 

But, many times, when I was at my wit’s end and had no idea how I was going to get up and work with you again the next day, the Lord mercifully sent His Spirit to whisper in my ear, reminding me of your potential and the stature of your spirit:

 

How to write a birthday message for your son or daughter on his or her birthday

 

“You can’t see it now,” He would say, “but this child is going to do incredible things. I sent him to you with a strong will because he will need it to accomplish the mission that I have prepared for him. You have no idea how lucky you are to be his mother.”

Those gentle reminders are what kept me going through the long days that stretched into months and years.

 

While those early experiences with you are still etched into my memory, they have been overshadowed in recent times with quiet observations of your evolution to greatness. Your stubborn “I must always be right and perfect” nature has softened into teachable humility.

 

Your tender heart that sees and reaches out to those who are struggling, even when it requires great personal sacrifice, is nothing short of inspiring. Your love of God and others is written all over your countenance.

 

Your intelligence blows me away, yet you do not let it go to your head. I guess your head is already filled with things like multivariable calculus. While I’m sure you got most of your smarts from me, I begrudgingly admit that this particular part of your genius must have come from Dad. (Surprising, I know.)

 

The work ethic that you have developed through passing 12 AP exams with flying colors (so far) is going to serve you in ways that you cannot yet understand. And waking yourself up (nearly) every day at 5:00 am with very little complaint for the past four years, so that you could attend early morning seminary, tells me more about your character than you realize.

 

Your patience with your younger siblings makes a huge difference in our home. They are fortunate to have such a good example for a big brother. Except when it comes to cleaning your bedroom. You might want to work on that just a tiny bit. (Hint, hint)

 

And let’s not even talk about your musical prowess, or I may lose my composure. The beautiful music that has filled our home because of your talent will be one of the things that I miss the most when you leave.

 

You and I may have gotten off to a rocky start 18 years ago, but I can say with 100% confidence that I feel blessed beyond measure to be your mother. Watching your gradual transformation from perfectionistic and challenging child to humble, kind, and driven young adult has been one of the greatest gifts of my life.

I know I have not been a perfect mother; far from it. But I will be forever grateful that the Lord took a chance on me as a young, newly married woman 18 years ago by sending you to me.

 

I feel like I have often been more of a student than a teacher through this process, learning how to be more like the Savior by observing the light that emanates from your very being. No matter what happens after you embark on your post high school adventure, do whatever it takes to keep that light. It will lead you to accomplish amazing things.

 

Now, let me just say that I know your high school career has been stuffed full of college-level academics and their accompanying stress, sometimes at the expense of other things. It has been a tough road, and I know that you regret parts of it because you feel like you missed out on some of your childhood at the hands of education.

 

Knowing what we know now, we both may have made different educational decisions for you if we could go back and do it again. However, I want you to remember that knowledge is never wasted. It is something that will enrich your life and the lives of those with whom you associate again and again.

 

Not only that, but life does not end with high school; it begins. You have a world of opportunities and experiences ahead of you that you can now scarcely imagine.

 

Look forward with hope and anticipation, not backward with regret. Your experiences have prepared you well for the future and all of its complexity. Of this, I am sure.

 

At this point, I want to give you a bit of advice as you prepare for the next important chapter in your life because that is my job as your mother:

  1. STAY CLOSE TO THE LORD.
  2. DON’T BE STUPID.
  3. IF YOU ARE UNSURE OF HOW TO PROCEED, REFER TO NUMBERS ONE AND TWO.

I am confident that you were born to lead and I can’t wait to see what you do with your immense talent and unlimited potential. Please know that I love you with all of my heart and will always be here for you, no matter what. My relationship with you is one of my most prized possessions.

 

I am beyond lucky to be your mom. Happy 18th Birthday!

 

Can you write something like that, if not better? You can! Just stick with me for a while. 

 

Your Friends and Family Will Marvel If You Start Your Speech This Way

 

Now, let us break down the different parts of this template so that we can use the ideas gleaned to write a heartfelt birthday toast for your child.

 

First, let us start with the opening remarks. Here is an excerpt of it to guide us every step of the way.

‘’ I cannot believe this day has arrived – the day I have simultaneously anticipated and dreaded. The little boy who made me…’’

 

If you look at the above quotation, you will realize that the opening statement is intended to capture attention right from the get-go.

 

However, most opening lines are not inspiring enough.

It’s pretty common for most moms to start talking about their sons or daughters in this all important aspect of the presentation.

 

Well, there’s nothing wrong with that style. But you always go a step further by coming up with other creative ways that will make your speech very entertaining, unique, and memorable.

 

At this point, let us see how you can inventively start with a bang.

First, if you or your family is a Christian or deeply religious, you can kick start with a bible based prayer. Here is an example of how to weave that into your birthday message.

 

As you celebrate your birthday this special day, may the Lord heap His favor on you.  At His command, may the universe be kind to you.

 

On your birthday, may the Lord go ahead of you and open doors of greatness for you. May He bless your going out and your coming in. May The Lord keep His angels charge of you, to protect you from every harm every step of the way in Jesus name!

 

Second, if you have a beautiful voice, you can simply write a brief poem about your child and sing it to the beat of a well-known song. This way of presentation has always proven to be a hit with everyone. Just try it if you can and everyone will be complimentary.

 

Third, to make your presentation absolutely hilarious, you can show this funny video or something similar to that before you even say anything about your son or daughter.

 

Fourth, the most popular way of diving deep into your presentation is to start with a story about your son’s or daughter’s life.

 

It could be a funny incident that occurred prior or after his or her birth or when they were growing up. The trick here is to lace your speech with fond and memorable stories.

 

Fifth, does your son or daughter share the same birthday with an influential personality or even a member of your family?

 

For instance, you could say something along these lines:

 

Special people are born on March 14. My mom was born on this day. So was Dan’s uncle. When I was expecting him, the doctors said I will have him on 21st March. But on 12th March my water broke and it wasn’t until a minute past midnight on March 14th that he made his grand entrance into this world.

 

Did you see how I wrote that?

 

Birthday toast for daughter templates

 

Now, let us turn our attention to the next issue on the table:

How to Write the Structure or Outline of Your Birthday Toast for Your Son or Daughter

 

This aspect of your message seems fairly easy to write. But the problem for most mothers lie in organizing their random thoughts into a very coherent manner. This happens because they lack a plan. Even where one exists, they don’t stick with it through and through.

 

To make sure your ideas spring to life, you have to follow a simple plan to organize your scattered thoughts.

 

First, select a style or theme for your message and your choice should be a reflection of who you are or your personal demeanor. The styles to choose from include witty, narrative, musical, rhythmic, poetic, sentimental, or a blend of two or more speaking styles.

 

Next, decide on the duration of your speech. It should be long or short enough to capture what you really want to say.

 

Afterwards, get your creative juices flowing by putting yourself in the mood for the right expressions of ideas. Watching a couple of videos can get you started. YouTube has tons of these videos to give you a clear picture of how to go about it.

 

By the way, I got these video clips for you. Please take a few minutes to enjoy them and see if you can learn a thing or two from them.

 

Video # 1: Birthday Speech for Your Son

 

 

 

 Video # 2: Birthday Speech for Your Daughter

 

 

 After you watched these videos, you then proceed to jot down your ideas. You can frame your storyline after the above example. Or better still, provide answers to the following questions and use the content to write a quick rough draft.

 

Now, this is what I want you to do. Go grab your pen and paper and write answers to these questions.

  • What was the feeling like when your son or daughter was born?
  • How did you feel when your child was growing up?
  • Do you have any funny memories you want to add to your toast?
  • What do you want to say to your child on his or her birthday?
  • What are your best wishes for him or her?

 

Action Tip: Write a rough draft and keep reviewing and cleaning it up until it comes out the way you want it to be.

 

Now, let’s quickly end with this:

How to Create a Memorable Ending

 

The ending of your message is like the climax of the story. But it should good enough to make your remarks remember bits and pieces of what you say.

 

How then do you write a great conclusion that will remain in the mind of your listeners for a long time to come?

 

First, you can wrap up on a very happy note by asking everyone to join as you sing a parody of the ever popular tune ‘’Happy Birthday To You’’

Here you can tweak it a bit to make it more personal.

 

Second, you can gift your son and daughter a very special gift and it will convey how much they mean the world to you. What do you think you can really present to your child on his or her special day?

 

Third, you can end by thanking certain personalities who have been a tremendous blessing in your life. Can you mention some of them and why you are thanking them?

 

Fourth, you can end with a special prayer if you are devout Christians. What better way to end your speech than asking God to shower your boy or girl with blessings from above.

 

Fifth, if you are lost for words, you can simply end with some well wishes. That’s easy to pen down, right?

Birthday speech for son from mom examples

 


Birthday Speech or Toast from A Wife To Her Husband

 

How to Write a Heartfelt Birthday Message For Your Husband

 

You are in the right place at the right time if you are looking for answers to the following ideas:

  • How to write a sweet birthday speech or toast for your husband on his 30th, 40th, 45th, 50th, 60th, 65th, 70th, 75th, 80th, birthday
  • How to use birthday speech examples to easily write a great birthday toast for your husband
  • How to write a funny birthday message for your wife on the most special day of his life

….plus a whole lot more

 

 

Do You Want To Be Like Her?

 

Every woman deserves to be loved and look forward to the beautiful day when she ties the knot with the man of her dreams.

 

That was the wish of Dani from a very young age. She always wanted to be a bride. Once, she was playing with her dad in their backyard when she went down one knee and asked her father to marry her.

 

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Dad found that very amusing that he called the whole family to witness their little girl ‘’propose marriage’’ to him. They all couldn’t hold back their laughter when they got to the scene.

 

You couldn’t blame the little girl. Little Dani loved watching romantic movies and had seen the men do it and often asked her parents why men were always on their knees, and not the women.

 

So, the curious little girl took matters into her own hands and did it her own way. Well, years after that ‘’backyard proposal’’, she found herself married to a wonderful man who was a lot like her dad!

 

 

John knew how to treat a woman right and she had been with Dani through good times and bad. He was someone every woman would wish to have in their life.

 

On John’s 40th birthday, Dani wanted to express his love for the love of her life in a very special way and with her family, friends, and neighbors coming, she thought of a very befitting way to publicly convey the love and admiration she has for John.

 

After considering several options, she settled on a birthday toast for her husband. Rose, her best friend convinced her to go with that even though she wasn’t a great speaker.

 

After John had spoken briefly and thanked a few people, she was asked to deliver her toast. Her husband was a bit worried and the guests wondered what she was going to say since she had told everyone she knew how much she hated speaking in public and now here she was.

 

When she grabbed the microphone, the room fell silent and these were her words.

 

Birthday Speech Example/Template for Your Husband

 

I would like to thank Dani of Coffee Chaos and Singles for this great piece.

 

Happy Birthday!

40 Years.

14,600 Days.

350,400 Hours.

21,024,000 Minutes.

That is how long you have graced this planet.

And I’ve only had 3,540 of those days.

You’re trying to check my math, huh? Don’t waste your time 

 

Don’t look at this day as a sign that you’re “getting old” but as a sign of “getting better”. You’re a dude, which means that somehow aging only makes you a more luxurious version of yourself. As I (a woman) ages, I just deteriorate. You just keep getting better looking with age.

Today we celebrate you and the many gifts you offer.

 

Fatherhood.

I still remember the moment, even before we were married, that I knew you’d be an amazing father. What I didn’t realize is that “amazing” would grow to be a HUGE understatement. You are both kind and firm. You PLAY like it’s your full time job. 

 

You hurt when they hurt, you pick them up when they fail, you guide when they need direction and you celebrate when they succeed. You are magical in this role. Braxton and Beckett are blessed to have you as a dad, and more importantly-perhaps- is how blessed I am that you are their father.

 

 

Support.

You have and always will be my biggest fan. You have continuously pushed me to succeed in the almost ten years we’ve been together.

 

You’ve pushed me to write my book, start my own company, and held my hand as we walked through our emotional journey to parenthood and everything following. I don’t think I could have made it through that journey without the love and support from you. You believe in me. You believe in our dreams. You believe in our children. Thank you. 

 

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Laughter.

Your laugh is contagious. You make fun of me (all the time) or crack silly jokes with our boys, but your laugh is part of the reason I fell in love with you so many years ago. It’s genuine.  It’s you, and it’s brilliant. You’re a kid at heart, and that’s what makes you so lovable.

 

Hard-Work

You often work 7 days a week to provide a comfortable life for the boys and myself. You miss out on relaxing weekends, but once you’re home you’re all about family. Your boys  love the attention you give them.

 

Braxton absolutely cherishes the wrestling and nerf guns wars that transpire within our home daily. Beckett loves the goofy faces and sounds you make, and his laugh is enough to melt anyone’s heart. The happiness our boys experience when they’re with you is non-replaceable.

 



 

Husband.

You are committed. Through thick and thin, your loyalty, love and support is evident. You have  taken this role to heart, and you truly are an incredible husband.

 

I know I don’t give you enough credit sometimes and often give you a hard time, but I hope you know how much I appreciate and love you.

 

My wishes for you–

I pray that the “good days” far outnumber any other kind of day you have.

I pray that you never stop laughing.

I pray that you never give up on your dreams.

I pray that you recognize and feel the amount of love that surrounds you each day.

 

I pray that you never lose your sense of adventure.

I pray that you remain to be a kid at heart and never “grow up”

I pray that you truly know how much I (and the boys) appreciate all that you do for us each and every day.

I pray that you embrace 40 with open arms because baby you’re more handsome than ever!

 

After her last words were spoken, everyone got up and gave her a thunderous applause. Never in a million years did anyone think she could say something like that given her history of poor performance.

 

John was so proud of her that he hugged her for close to 5 minutes and didn’t want to leave her alone.

 

Can You Make Him Proud Too?

 

At this point, you might be wondering how her speech became a hit and how you can also pull off a remarkable performance like she did.

 

Don’t worry because in the next few lines, I am going to show you everything you need to know to help you write a touching birthday toast for your husband.

 

Before we dive right in, there are two things I would like to draw your attention to.

 

First, contrary to what most people think, you don’t have to be blessed with the gift of writing to pen down something amazing about the man in your life. So, just focus on what you want to say and do your best to follow the instructions on this page and you will surprise and delight everyone.

 

Second, you will do yourself a lot of good if you let go off troubling thoughts about past public speaking failures.

 

You might have failed to speak confidently when you were asked to deliver a few words at a church gathering, graduation, wedding, funeral, etc.

 

As you get all set to undertake another event similar to those, your mind will resurrect those old memories and paralyze you to the point of never trying again. You just have to put the past behind you and put in the work and you will make it this time around.  

 

Having said that, let’s go back to the above template to figure out what went into writing it and how you can make the most of it.

 

To do that, let’s first re-cap parts of the introduction

‘’ Happy Birthday!

40 Years.

14,600 Days.

350,400 Hours.

21,024,000 Minutes.

That is how long you have graced this planet.

And I’ve only had 3,540 of those days.

You’re trying to check my math, huh? Don’t waste your time 

Don’t look at this day as a sign that you’re “getting old” but as a sign of “getting better”. You’re a dude, which means that somehow aging only makes you a more luxurious version of yourself.  ‘’

 

What comes to mind when you re-look at the above extract? That takes my mind back to my high school years when my English Teacher said every essay starts with an introduction? Do you remember that?

 

I hope you have not forgotten about that. Well, the introduction of your toast should have two main parts:

  • Greetings and self-introduction

 

  1. A hook- an opening statement that grabs attention immediately and draws your listeners into the body of your speech

 

A first grade student can even write the former since it requires little or no mental effort.

 

The latter is a little hard to put into words considering the fact that most speeches begin on rather a dull note.

 

Yours should start with a bang and it can only happen if you try to weave into your introductory remarks at least one of the following techniques.

 

First, you can start with a memorable story. An anecdote about where and how you met him. If there was a funny incident that occurred before his birthday, you can work that into your speech to make it more hilarious.  Can you give this a try?

 

Second, if you are a talented musician or have a good singing voice, you can use a well-known song to let your family and friends know why your husband means the world to you. Speakers who go that route often get tons of heartwarming compliments for their creativity.

 

Third, you can get everyone laughing like very happy kids by showing the following video or something similar to that before you even deliver your toast.

 

Fourth, if you or your husband is a Christian or very religious, you can start with a prayer and blessing before you share your birthday message about him. For example, this short prayer can suit the occasion.

 

Open your eyes to the truth of the word of God and see what he has in his books for you. He will cover you with his blood and raise you high among your equals. He will support you every day in every way and he will make sure lines fall in beautiful places for you.

 

Rejoice in the lord today because it is the day the lord has made. It is your joyful moment, let thank God and celebrate, you will live longer under the beautiful care of our Lord. All your sorrows will turn to happiness for you. Happy birthday to you darling husband.

 

Fifth, if your husband’s birthday coincides with those of some notable personalities or good events that changed the course of history, you can let the guests know about it. Of course, this approach requires a little digging for the right facts to make it work.

 

 

Here’s a short example to buttress this point.

 

As most of you know, John’s birthday falls on 14th February. He’s a very good man and I am sure God sent him from heaven on that day because so many good men were born on this day.

 

History tells us that Mr. Wise was born on this day. Dan was also born on this beautiful day. So was Mr. Valentine.

 

Most of you call my husband Uncle Valentine. Well, when I first John 30 years ago, he told me his nickname was Uncle Valentine. When I found why he had that name, I naively thought, if he’s called Valentine, then I have met my true love.

 

Don’t laugh. That sounds funny right? I was only a child by then. I think I was 14 years old then and I heard someone say anyone called Valentine will be a good husband. That person proved to be right because Mr. John Valentine has been a faithful husband these years 30 years.

 

 

You got the picture right?

 

 

Sixth, you can make your opening remarks a little sentimental or touching by infusing one or more of the following quotes into it.

 

  • “I saw that you were perfect, and so I loved you. Then I saw that you were not perfect and I loved you even more.” – Angelita Lim

 

  • ‘’ “I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you. I love you not only for what you have made of yourself, but for what you are making of me. I love you for the part of me that you bring out.” – Elizabeth Barrett Browning

      

  • ‘’ When I say I love you more, I don’t mean I love you more than you love me. I mean I love you more than the bad days ahead of us, I love you more than any fight we will ever have. I love you more than the distance between us, I love you more than any obstacle that could try and come between us. I love you the most.” – Unknown

 

Birthday speech for my husband examples

 

Now, let’s move to on to the next section:

 

How to Write the Body or Outline of Your Birthday Toast for Your Husband

 

A lot of people send me all kinds of speeches for review and I often find that most of those pieces have many scattered thoughts and ideas which are poorly organized.

 

You see those speech givers as well as several others know what to say. But they struggle to bring all their ideas together in a way that makes sense.

 

You know why that always happens? These narrators don’t have a plan that will help them say what they really want to say.  

 

Before you even decide to write something about your sweetheart, you need to have a framework or plan that would guide you from the start of your presentation to the end.

 

The first step involves choosing the style of theme of your toast. The styles to choose from include musical, storytelling or narration, gratitude, poetic, funny, sentimental, rhythmic or a combination of one or more speech styles.

 

These speech styles, in effect, gives meaning to your presentation since it’s a representation of who you really are. Your choice shouldn’t be based on what’s trending or what you think will make everyone appreciate your work. Just pick a speaking style you are comfortable with.

 

Afterward, decide on the length of your toast. It should be not too long or too short. But long or short enough to tell the guests why you love your husband.

 

If it’s very entertaining but too short, people will itch for more. But if it’s too long but very boring like a baby’s yawn, they will tune out.

 

 

Once you have settled on the length, you have to put yourself in the mood by watching a few video clips to get a fair idea of how birthday toasts are made.

 

There are so many of such videos online but youtube.com lots you can learn from.  Below are two clips you can watch and learn from.

 

Birthday Toast for Husband Example # 1

 

 

 

Birthday Toast for Husband Example # 2

 

 

 

After you have watched those video presentations, you can go ahead to recapture your husband’s life from when you first met him, to when you got married, to the present moment.

 

This comes in handy if you want to employ the narrative style of speaking. That of course tinged with something sentimental is the most preferred style.

 

 

By the way, here are ideas to help you come up with fun and fond memories.

  • Where did you meet him?
  • When did you meet your husband?
  • What were the first impressions really like?
  • What drew you both so close?
  • What has life been like for you since he came into your life?
  • What makes him a special person or man?
  • What funny memories do you remember about him?
  • What are his pet peeves? Just list them and see if you make it funny. Remember, not to touch on anything that might sound embarrassing.
  • What do you really want to say to him on his birthday?

 

 

Action Tip: Write answers to the above questions and go back to read the above example for inspiration. Then, just start spitting out whatever is in your head. Let your thoughts settle for a day or two and go back to work on it later on.

 

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How to End Your Birthday Message for Your Husband on a Bright Note

 

It’s not unusual for most speakers to start their speeches with so much enthusiasm only to end sluggishly.

 

That shouldn’t be the case, however. You have to start well and end well if you want to leave a favorable impression on the minds of the party goers.

 

How can you do that, now? Great question and I am happy you have asked that.

 

There are actually several ways to do that and I am happy to share a few tips with you.

 

First, you can end with a prayer if both of you are Christians or you are a religious couple.

 

Second, can you present a special gift to your man in the presence of his family and friends and tell everyone why are you gifting him that? You better do that and his birthday will be super fun, creative, and memorable.

 

And third, you can end on a very humorous note by rendering the ever popular birthday song in your style to make it sound funny.

 

Here you go:

 

Happy birthday to my sweet husband

Happy birthday to my sweet husband

I LOVE him more than he knows

I LOVE him more than he knows

I LOVE him more than he knows

How old are you now?

How old are you now?

How old are you now?

Response

I am 16 years old now

I am 16 years old now

I am 16 years old now

Who here can guess my age?

Ok, just switch 1 and 6

Ok, just switch 1 and 6

And you will know that I am an old man!

Can you scroll up and try to sing it to the tune of that happy birthday song? Just give it a try and you will enjoy every bit of it.

 

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Birthday Toast or Speech for my Wife from Husband: How Loving Husbands Write Touching Birthday Messages For Their Wives

 

You have got to read this post from start to finish if you are:

  • Looking for ideas to help you write your wife’s 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th, 70th, 80th, etc. birthday speech or toast
  • Looking for examples and templates to help you write the best ever birthday speech toast for your precious wife
  • Looking for ideas and tips to help you say something sweet and funny on your wife’s birthday
  • Not too sure of what to say on your wife’s birthday

 

Now, let’s start. Before we do that, please grab your pen and paper and make notes as  I show you how you can easily write a funny and heartfelt toast for your beautiful wife on her 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th, 70th, 75th, 80th, etc. birthday.

 

Please note: The following examples are from a husband to wife. Please study them carefully and make notes as we go through them together.

 

After we have read both, I am going to break the second example down bit by bit for you so can figure out what goes into writing a great birthday tribute for your wife.

 

What to say on wife's birthday

 

Here you go:

 

Birthday Message For Wife #1

 

Now, I would like to thank Reason and Meaning for this short but sweet but short 60th Birthday.

On September 12th, 1954 a little girl was born in south St. Louis. One little girl born in one hospital, in one city, on one planet, at one precise moment in the vastness of space and time. A miraculous occurrence that made the world better and more beautiful.

Simple words to describe what happened when Jane was born—goodness and beauty increased in the world.

 

But Jane didn’t keep this goodness and beauty to herself—she shared it by loving. Everyone who has ever touched or been touched by Jane has felt the warmth of her love.

 

The circle of her love and concern begins with family but extends to the whole world. If the world was full of people like her, how beautiful it would be. She is a shining star in a dark world, she is incorruptible, she is impossible not to love.

 

I don’t know if my love for my wife is important in the whole scheme of things. I don’t know if anything is. But I know that my life is richer and happier and less lonely and more joyful because of her.

 

And I know the world needs love because it makes life worth living. Meeting Jane long ago rendered the inevitable loneliness of life more than tolerable, it rendered life meaningful. What began as a glance has lasted a lifetime. I was blessed.

Still, my words are powerless to express my love. Maybe I can say it in a song.

 

 

 

Birthday Speech from Husband to Wife Example/Template # 2 

 

Hello and welcome everybody. I want to thank you for being here today. Before I say a few words about my beautiful wife, I would like to thank you for helping us celebrate her 40th birthday.

 

We are so grateful that you took some time out of your busy week to join us here. Tonight wouldn't be nearly as amazing without you!


Martha, it is hard to find the right words to express how much you have  added to my life all these years…but that won't stop me from going on and on about you.

 

It's incredible to think that 5 years have since passed since I first met her. She was then 35 and now 40 years old.

 

Some of you always tell us that we look like Jake and Rose from the movie Titanic . That’s a nice compliment to say to a loving couple. But most of you were not at our wedding back then.

 

So, before I tell you how much my wife means to mean, I would like to take this opportunity to tell you how we met and how we’ve come thus far if you don’t know our love story.

 

When Maggie and I met at a friend’s birthday party. It’s funny I have to share this at another birthday party.

 

I had just graduated college and was thinking about my next move in my life. So meeting a girl let alone talk about dating her wasn’t party of my goals….i couldn’t even see myself dating anyone anytime soon.

 

I didn’t even want to be at that party because I was consumed with stress. But I thought why not get there to see the bad, have a drink and meet some old friends.

 

Then this incredibly beautiful woman kept smiling at me. Eventually I walked over to her table and said “I’m sorry, I never approach women like this but I have not been able to take my eyes off you all night long. You have this aura, like a bright yellow sunbeam surrounding you. Do you mind if I sit beside you?”

 

That was how fast it was. It was not like getting to know a person; it was more like two souls recognizing each other and catching up for lost time.

 

The conversation came so easily, we were so wrapped up in our conversation that our friends started to feel left out. We talked for hours and hours and at the end of the night I asked for her number and I left feeling like my life had changed that night. No more stress, no more worries, you know what I am talking about guys!

 

The next day that feeling was confirmed. I wait to call her. I called her three times the next day. The first call was in the morning, another in the afternoon and the last call at night.

 

She was so caring and funny and as the calls became a regular part of our lives, it felt like she was going to be my dream woman.

We were inseparable after that. Yes, it was her amazing smile and charm that got me, but it was kind nature that stole my heart.

 

Her encouraging nature revived my hopes and she inspired me to find my first ever job.  The years have gone by so fast and I still see her smile everywhere I look. It’s taken on a special meaning tonight with her precious baby girl in her arms which is also another story for another day.

 

Maggie, you are a refreshing source of love and devotion to not only me, but all those who ever came into contact with.

 

What I like about her is her gift of singing. Whenever you are down, you can count on her to sing something inspiring. She could be next Celine Dion but she hates being in the public eye.

 

He also encouraged me in my writing. I’ve always enjoyed writing, but he is my muse. With her,  I wrote not only in my journal, but working toward writing something substantial. Maybe even a book. I also wrote poetry that he would use as lyrics for songs she would like to sing to our child when she grows older.

 

Maggie,  never in my life has anyone loved me the way you do. I feel like you were part of God’s plan to make me whole.

 

I feel like you are an angel that was sent down to make the world a better place and I always count myself blessed to have met you.

 

You have taught me so much about life. From you, I learned how to set goals and steps to work towards achieving them. You've shown me how to appreciate what we have and never take it for granted.

 

Most importantly, you have taught me to always put my confidence in God which is the best gift I have received from you.

 

Being your husband is an honor and I would never trade that experience for anything because I love you to the moon and back.

 

May your 40th birthday be as our wedding day and the birthday of our first child.  And may you grow in love and wisdom.

 

I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you. I am sure it would be bright because you make my life worthwhile.


Now, ladies and gentlemen, please raise your glasses and do me the honor of joining me in a toast to the queen of my heart, Maggie.

 

I am sure you learned a thing or two from that short birthday toast example.  For your information, you can easily customize the above template to suit your own writing needs no matter how old your wife is.

 

Now, let’s dissect it so we can see how it’s all done.

 

Birthday wish or message from husband to wife

 

Simple Steps to Writing a Sweet Birthday Toast for Your Wife

 

A common mistake I see most speech givers make over and over again is when they just write what’s on their mind without first seeing what others have done in the past.

When this occurs, two things always occur.

First, they struggle to come up with good speeches and also come under a great deal of stress and anxiety.

I know that sometimes life gets in the way and if you are throwing the birthday party for her, your birthday toast might only take a back seat.

 

No matter how busy life gets , you can always depend on these for help: birthday speech examples (which is why I showed you an example earlier) and video examples about birthday toasts for your spouse.

 

Both serve complementary roles. While the former is for reference and inspirational purposes, the latter gives you a perfect idea of what to expect in such presentations.

 

To make things easier for you, I am going to share with you two videos I found online. Just watch and see if you can borrow ideas for your own message.

Here you go:

 

Birthday speech examples for wife video#1

 

 

 

Birthday speech templates for wife video#2

 

 

 

Now, was there anything you learned from watching those clips that you think you can work into yours?

 

Having touched all the bases, let’s now go back and re-look at the introductory remarks in that example.

 

‘’ Hello and welcome everybody. I want to thank you for being here today. Before I say a few words about my beautiful wife, I would like to thank you for helping us celebrate her 40th birthday. We are so grateful that you took some time out of your busy week to join us here. Tonight wouldn't be nearly as amazing without you! ‘’

 

This is an introduction you can simply write right without blinking an eye.

But you can go a step further by looking at it from a very creative angle because your opening address have to capture attention if you want your speech to be a massive hit with the party goers.

 

The following tips can give you an idea of how to start with a bang.

 

First, if you are looking forward to making an emotional birthday speech for your wife, then you can start off with any of these quotes.

 

  • “There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.” ― George Sand

 

  • Love isn’t something you find. Love is something that finds you.” ― Loretta Young

 

  • Where there is great love, there are always miracles.” ― W Sibert Cather

 

  • The taste of love is sweet, when hearts like ours meet.”― Johnny Cash

 

  • “I would rather share one lifetime with you than face all the ages of this world alone.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien

 

 

I want to use the last quote by Tolkien (“I would rather share one lifetime with you than face all the ages of this world alone.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien) to clarify how that can be done.

 

Please watch me do it.

 

There is this song whose lyrics go like this: In life we all need someone to lean on. I have forgotten who the singer is and you can’t blame me because I am growing old.

 

Now, I get it because someone said one of the signs of growing old is when you forget simple things. I am 70 years old and now I get it. No wonder you guys call me Snow White! I love the cool nickname though!

 

Well, today is my not my day. We are here to celebrate the birthday of my side chick of the last 50 years. She’s none other than my own precious, beautiful bride, Angela!

 

Second, you can start with a joke or funny memories about your relationship or something funny that will not embarrass her if you are aiming for a funny birthday speech.

 

Third, if you have a good singing voice you can simply write a short poem about why you love her and set it to the beat of a well-known song and everyone will remember your wonderful  performance.

 

Fourth, you can make your delivery very unique by sharing things you love and admire about your life. For instance, you can start like this.

 

Hello family and friends. Thank you so much for coming to celebrate my wife’s birthday. For those of you don’t know me, I am Ben, Martha’s wife and I am proud to be her husband of the last 20 years.

We’ve been together for that long and on her 50th birthday, I would like her and you to know

 

20 ways she’s been a blessing in my life

 

Or

 

20 Ways She Makes Life worth living!

 

Or 20 Reasons Why I Love Her!

 

The body comes next since it’s a natural extension of the thoughts outlined in the introduction.

 

How then do you come up with ideas for the lines that follow the intro? That’s what the next chapter of this post is all about.

 

Birthday speech for my wife

 

How to Write the Content for Your Birthday Toast for Your Wife

As already mentioned, the ideas presented after your introduction should follow chronologically.

 

For example, if you mentioned at the onset of your speech that you were going to talk about ‘’ 20 Ways Your Wife Makes Life Count‘’ then you should do that within the framework of your essay.

 

Nonetheless, there are general rules or guidelines you have to follow when writing your birthday wishes.

First, you have to decide on the speech style you wish to use. Do you want to deliver an emotional, poetic or something narrative?

 

You see, no matter what kind of speech you intend to write, you should weave in a couple of stories since they are the heartbeat of great presentations.

 

Well, to come up with a couple of tales, you should do a little brainstorming which will help you come up with answers to questions like

  • Where and when did you meet your wife?

 

  • What drew her to your side?

 

  • What are her beautiful qualities?

 

  • What are some good stories you want the guests to know about?

 

  • What makes her a loving wife?

 

  • In what ways is she an amazing mother to your children?

 

  • Does she have any accomplishments you want the guests to know about? Once, I wrote a birthday speech for someone I consider a friend and she said her husband had a lifetime achievement award and wanted it included in her speech and it did work

 

Action Tip: Starting from the first question to the last, please write down as many memories you can remember. Afterwards, sieve those ideas and determine which ones you want to feature in there.

 

A word of advice: Your birthday shouldn’t be tooo long. It should be enough just to express your feelings to your wife.

 

Now, let’s see…

 

How You Can End Your Birthday Speech Toast on A Memorable Note

There are a couple of ways you can end well and I am happy to share a few thoughts with you.

 

First, if you or your spouse is a Christian, you can end with a bible verse or prayer. 

 

The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26

 

Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you. Isaiah 46:4

 

May He give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed. Psalm 20:4

 

Second, you can end with any of these birthday wishes from true love words.

  1. Happy Birthday to my lovely wife and the mother of our children. You make me happy and proud of the things we built together.

  2. As I sing happy birthday to you, it is you that puts the song in my heart and the music in my life. Happy Birthday my Love!


  3. Age is no enemy to you. Every year you become wiser and more sweet and beautiful! Happy birthday to the one year more beautiful wife!

  4. As you turn another page in the chapter of your life, never forget I feel so blessed to have you as my wife. Happy birthday!


  5. Happy birthday to a woman who is the best of everything: wife, mother, lover and friend. While we sing happy birthday to you, I want you to know that my love for you is true.

 

Third, you can make it light-hearted by singing a happy birthday song to your wife. You can go a step further by personalizing it with the names of her family and friends present at the event. Can we sing it together to the tune of the happy birthday song? ok...let's start. 

Okay, let’s see how that can be done.

Happy birthday to you (replace you with her name)

Happy birthday to you (replace you with my sweetheart)

Happy birthday to my sweet heart

Happy birthday from your mom and dad

Happy birthday from all your 5 children

Happy birthday from your 60 grandchildren!

 

Did you see how I substituted a few words to make it funnier? You better practice it and sing it for your wife and she will laugh so loud until her ribs hurt.

 

Action Tip: Practice they say makes a man perfect. So, please start practicing it if you want to make it funny.

 

Fourth, if you have nothing to say at all, you can simply borrow Mark’s concluding remarks.

Now, ladies and gentlemen, please raise your glasses and do me the honor of joining me in a toast to the queen of my heart, Maggie.

 

Toast for my wife on her birthday

 


Birthday Speech or Toast for Son or Daughter from Dad

How This Birthday Speech Example Helps Fathers Write Sweet Birthday Message for Their Sons and Daughters without trying so hard

 

Is your son or daughter’s birthday around the corner? And are you looking for help with any of these ideas?

 

  • What to say at your son’s or daughter’s birthday party
  • Tips and ideas to help you write a heartfelt birthday toast for your son or daughter
  • How to write the best ever birthday speech toast for your son’s or daughter’s 1st, 16th, 18th, 21st, 30th, 40th, etc., birthday party

 

If you nodded yes to any of that, don’t worry because I have got you covered.

 

Does This Sound Like You?

I once read a very moving quote that still speaks to my heart. It goes like this:

‘’There’s no greater love than a father’s love for his children’’

That’s obviously true because a father’s unconditional love shapes his children and perfectly molds them into great adults.

 

Birthday message for my child

 

From when you son or daughter was born, you have been a very loving father. You have showered him or her with countless gifts, pampered them when you could and given them sound piece of advice.

 

When you sit back and watch how far your son or daughter has come down the road of life, you can only smile, give thanks to God and feel grateful that you were there for your own children in good times and the bad.

 

Speaking of the good times remind of the beautiful milestones in our lives and your child’s 1st, 16th, 18th, 30th, 40th, etc. birthday celebration is one of them.

 

Well, one of the priceless gifts you can ever give your son or daughter on this memorable day is a sweet happy birthday toast.

Well, it’s easy to wing it. But you know what, dad?

 

Is This Your Best Gift Ever?

 

Our lives are centered on words and what you say on your child’s birthday will go a long towards helping your son or daughter make wise and responsible choices in life every step of the way.

 

I am sure you are still wondering how best you can do that since you are probably not too great words or you absolutely hate speaking in public.

 

You don’t have to worry about that at all because I am going to share with you a short birthday speech toast example delivered by a father to his child.

 

I hope it will not only inspire you to come up with one but also get your creative juices flowing so you can write a heartfelt birthday message for your son or daughter.

 

Here you go:

Birthday Speech Toast Example or Template for Your Son or Daughter

 

Please note: This is for a much older son. But we are going to break it down bit by bit after we have seen the entire example so you can use the lessons gleaned to write your own birthday wishes for your son or daughter.

 

Hello everyone. I’m Jim the proud father of Dan.

Wow, I still can’t believe I’m saying that! I’m grateful that we can all be together today to celebrate the life of our beloved son.

 

It’s hard to believe that our son is 18 years old today! How time flies by so fast. It seems like yesterday he was born.

 

He was born 9 weeks early and we liked to joke that he was in a hurry to get here and make his entrance, but man it was also scary.

 

When I look at him now, it’s hard to believe how small and fragile he looked back then.

Thank God, he’s grown into a handsome young man with a quick wit.

 

Someone asked the other day if he was the character that starred in the hit movie ‘’The Boy From The Other Side Of Earth’’

That was a nice compliment that really got to my head.

 

Dan always kept us on our toes. As a kid, he was always moving, always busy.

 

He loved playing games and paint ball and hanging out with friends.

 

When he was in Junior High, we started to worry because he could walk from end of our town to the other.

So we nicknamed him The Walking Robot because he had sturdy feet.

Dan grew to be so strong, physically and in character.

 

When he was in high school and joined the rowing team, we had no idea what that would turn into.

 

His Light Weight Crew was undefeated and won the National Rowing Championship, which led to him being elected Captain of the Crew team at Fordham and the NY Athletic Club, eventually securing his induction into the Fordham Athletic Hall of Fame. His coach called him the greatest rower of all time at Fordham.

 

Dan has always sought to be financially independent. So, in high school, he took on extra jobs. His favorite was being a paper boy which made him so popular in the neighborhood.

 

Once, he was distributing papers when he saw this huge black lab at the entrance of one of the houses. He accidentally stepped on its toes and it bellowed and howled so loud that he attempted to flee for his dear life.  In the process, he fell into a small sewer.

 

I was home at that time and heard this loud knock on the door and someone yelled….’’Dad, he wants to take my life. Please open the door’’ even as he kept banging on it furiously.

Lo and behold, I answered the door and the guy was totally drenched in sweat and he looked pale as though he had seen a ghost!

 

That was his last day on the paper route and he shifted his attention to baking cakes and selling them to parents whose kids were going to have their birthday parties. 

 

He can still bake. He’s a great chef and he actually prepared that beautiful birthday cake all by himself.  When you taste it, you will know why they call him Dan The Chef.

 

Dan got that culinary skill while in high school.  

Now look at you Dan. A man. All that hard work you put in, all the lessons you learned along the way has helped him become a hard-worker, fiercely loyal, caring, responsible, fearless, and smart young man. You really are a great son.

I am so proud of you and honored to be your father. 

 

What to say to my child on his or her birthday

 

As you enter adulthood, please know that you are going to have ups and downs.

 

But as long as you believe in yourself, trust in God and make the right choices, you will reach for the stars because you have so many great gifts and talents your world needs.

Congratulations on reaching this milestone and enjoy it as much as you can.

 

God bless you and fill your life with love, joy and happiness.

We love you so much. Happy birthday, Dan!

 

Did You Enjoy That Example?

 

I don’t know about you. But I really enjoyed this birthday speech. Not only was it touching but also quite hilarious.

 

It’s actually easy to write something like that and in the next few lines, I am going to take it bit by bit and show you how you can easily write a short birthday speech for your son or daughter even if they are celebrating their 1st, 5th, 13th, 16th, 18th, 21st, 30th, 40th birthday.

So, please just bear with me a little longer and I will give you all the tips to help you make your son or daughter proud with your dad birthday toast.

 

Can We Start?

 

Well, if you go back to read that example or template, you will realize that it has three main parts: the introductory, the content or story line and the conclusion or piece of advice.

 

To make the writing process a breeze, you should take it from that angle too. So, let’s first consider how to write a great opening remark since it will determine how the rest of your presentation would go.

 

For the objective of our study, let’s re-look at excerpts of the above example.

 

‘’ Hello everyone. I’m Jim the proud father of Dan. Wow, I still can’t believe I’m saying that! I’m grateful that we can all be together today to celebrate the life of our beloved son.  On behalf of Margaret and myself, welcome.

It’s hard to believe that our son Dan is 18 years old today! How time flies by so fast. It seems like yesterday he was born. ‘’

 

Now, if you look at that extract carefully and cast your mind back to other birthday speeches you have ever heard or read, you will realize that most birthday toasts have a few key elements.

 

Do you have any idea what I am talking?  Ok, let me help you out here.

All kinds of speeches have the following embedded in the introduction.

  • The name of the speech give…in this case Mark, Dan’s father
  • A short greetings
  • Acknowledging the guests
  • Thanking them for coming from far and near

Action Tip: Quickly grab your journal and pen and write down a simple introduction that incorporates the four points I just mentioned.

Now, back to what I was saying. After a short self-introduction and expression of gratitude, it’s common for fathers to start talking about their son’s or daughter’s and what they mean to them.

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with starting that way. But quite frankly, most are very dull and that’s where they fall short.

Aside from introducing yourself, your opening remarks should capture the attention of the party guests’ right from the start.

Well, below are a few tried and tested tips you can use to make your introductory remarks very memorable.

First, you can break into a song about the gift of life. That is, if you really have a good singing voice. Songs like John Waller’s ‘’Life is a gift’’

 

 

Second, if you have nothing at all to say, you can simply copy what the speaker did in the above birthday speech template.

 

Third, if you are a Christian or a religious person, you can use a few words from the Bible about the gift of life or blessings.

 

Below is an example from James 1:17…Every good and perfect gift comes from The Lord.

 

Now, please watch me write some few lines with that verse.

 

Family and friends, scripture tells us in James 1:17 that every good and perfect gift comes from the Lord. Tonight, we are here to give thanks to God for Kim’s life on her 21st birthday.

Did you see how I did that? That’s how to compose a brief piece with bible quotes if you are a bible-believing Christian.

 

Fourth, if you want to start on an emotional note, you can borrow any of the following quotes and customize them to suit your writing needs.

  • "Dads share wisdom with their children in the hopes they spread it throughout the world."

 

  • "Thank heaven for the special relationship between fathers and daughters. It is blessed from above."

 

  • No truer words were ever spoken than those of 'I love you' from a father to a son."

 

 

  1. "Every man a woman meets is measured through her father's eyes."

 

  1. "A daughter's love is one of a father's true joys."

 

  1. The best times in a son's life are those spent quietly with his father, learning strength in silence."

 

 

Well, I want to illustrate how you can use the first quote a. "Dads share wisdom with their children in the hopes they spread it throughout the world." to write a simple example.

 

Again, just look at me carefully and see how I am going to write it.

 

We fathers find joy when our children find joy. Tonight, it’s a joyous occasion to celebrate the 21st birthday of my son.

 

He’s grown into a man and he reminds me a lot of those days when I was about to turn 21. On the eve of my 21st birthday, my dad looked me in eye and said:

‘’Mark, come over and let’s talk. I remember him saying that if you share your wisdom with your children, they would spread it through their own worlds.’’

 

Then, he said, when your own son is turning 21 someday, please keep this tradition going by passing it on to your child.

 

Did the underline phrases give you any clue or hint?

 

Birthday toast for son from dad

 

 

Now, let’s see…

 

How You Can Write the Content of Your Birthday Speech Toast for Your Son or Daughter

 

Writing this part of your presentation should be a walk in the park but most fathers really struggle to distill many years of memories into a short and sweet message. You can turn things around by following this proven but simple plan.

 

First, you need to get an idea of how it’s done. If you have never made a speech before, then I recommend that you watch these videos before you jot down your ideas.

As you do this, write down tips and ideas you think you can blend into your birthday message for your son or daughter.

 

By the way, here are some video clips you can watch for some great ideas.  

 

Birthday speech for your son video #1

 

 

Birthday speech for your daughter video #2

 



Second, you have to decide on the kind of speech you really want to give.

You could choose from any of these: funny, sentimental, poetic, rhythmic or a combination of all styles if you are a very talented speaker. 

Just make sure your style reflects your personal demeanor and not what you have seen someone else do because you are unique in your own way.

 

Third, starting from when your son or daughter came into your life, write down fun and fond memories you can remember.

 

If your child is particularly young, say 1 to 5 years old, you can briefly state the circumstances surrounding his or birth, how you prepared for his or her delivery and why that child is a blessing to your family. Of course, you could add what you see in their future.

 

However, if your children are much older, you can simply write down so many memories and pick out stories you wish to add to your birthday toast for him or her. But make sure you don’t say anything that would embarrass him or her.

 

 

That brings me to the next chapter of the equation:

How to End Your Birthday Toast with a Bang

 

Your concluding remarks are just as important as your opening address. While it may seem easy to write one, most fathers don’t end on a bright note.

 

They simply end with a wish or two. Not too bad. But you can go beyond that by wrapping up so well that it will leave the birthday celebrant and guests wanting to have more.

 

Here are some cool ways to do just that.

 

First, if you believe in God or you are a Christian, you can end with a prayer. A powerful prayer you can use is from Numbers 6:24-26

24 “The Lord bless you and keep you;
25 The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
26 The Lord [a]lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.”

And Isaiah 54: 17

No weapon formed against you shall prosper,
And every tongue which rises against you in judgment
You shall condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
And their righteousness is from Me,”
Says the Lord.

 

Second, you may end with one or two of these birthday wishes.

  • Someday I hope you’ll be a better man than I, love you always and forever my son. Hearty birthday full of blessings!
  • You are truly the man that changed my life and there is never a day I am not thankful for you my son. I wish your birthday will be unforgettable just like me, your dad.
  • Can’t wait for you to be a better father than I am, you are the greatest son ever. Happy Birthday my boy!
  • Happy birthday to my darling daughter! You are unbelievably precious to me, and I hope you realize that you are my everything. May your birthday be filled with splendor and love.
  • You are such a positive, charming, and absolutely adorable daughter. I am so proud that I get to call you my daughter because no other person could ever hope to compare to you. Happy birthday to my perfect little girl!
  • A daughter as sweet and loving as you is hard to come by, and I am so fortunate that I was blessed with a wonderful daughter like you. May your birthday be filled with lots of presents and cake. Happy birthday to my baby girl!

 

Third, you can make it truly exciting, unique and memorable by substituting a few words in the ever popular birthday song and singing it this way.

 

Here’s the birthday song

 

 

We can change the lyrics to these to make it more fun

Happy birthday to you

Happy birthday to Mark

Happy birthday to my son(daughter) Mark

Happy birthday to the apple of my eye

I am so proud of you

You have just turn 18 years old

I can’t wait to see you grow older

I know that you will be a great person

Because you are the apple of God’s eye

Happy birthday to youuuuuuuuuuu

Birthday toast for daughter from dad

 

 

 


Birthday Speech or Toast for Your Mom from Son or Daughter

How every son or daughter can easily write inspiring birthday tributes for their moms

 

I am sure you are going to celebrate your mom’s birthday very soon. But, let me ask you a few a simple questions.

  • Can you really write a heartfelt birthday speech or toast for your mom on her 40th, 50th, 55th, 60th, 65th, 70th, 75th, 80th, 85th, 90th, 90th, or even on her 100th birthday?
  • Are you looking for ideas and tips to help you say something sweet about your mom on her birthday?
  • Are you looking for mom’s birthday speech samples or templates or samples that you can model your toast after?

 

If you answered yes to the above questions, then you are in good company because in this post, I am going to share with you everything you need to know (even if you are not good with words) about writing a great birthday speech for your mom on her special day.

 

Birthday message to my mom on her 70th birthday

 

Who is The Greatest Person in Your Life?

If you ask any child, who their favorite person is, they would tell you it is their mom.  

A very wise writer once described a mother’s love this way:

‘’A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity. It dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path. ‘’

Does this quote speak to your heart? I always tell others that every mother works so hard like a wall clock and they only stop working when they die!

 

How true that is seeing that when a woman’s job as a mother comes to an end, she naturally assumes the role of a caring grandmother who is still there for her own children and her grandchildren.

 

The above quote by Agatha Christie’s really speaks to my heart and reminds me of the unconditional love and sacrifices that my own mother Millicent has made to help me reach thus far in life and that’s something I am eternally grateful for. Love you mom!

 

I am pretty sure you mom’s dedication has seen you through the hills and valleys of life and on her birthday, you should come up with the best speech ever even if you don’t have a way with words.

 

To get our discussion going, let me first share with you a very good example or template of a child’s birthday toast for her mom.

 

Please note: This is for a 50th birthday celebration. But please don’t worry because I am going to break it down bit by bit afterwards so we can figure out what really went into writing it.

 

Here you go:

 

Birthday Speech for Mom Example/ Template

 

I would like to thank Mitch Williams and birthdaymessage.net for this lovely tribute.

 

Good evening and welcome everyone to my sweet mom’s 50th birthday.

 

For those of you who don’t know me or I haven’t me, my name is Jeff. But I am popular called Candy a cool nickname mom gave me when I was a grade 5 because my mouth was always stuffed with them and that name has stayed with me till today.

 

Today 50 years ago a blessing was sent to this earth, an angel by the name of Karen, and I am truly honored to have you in my life.

 

You and I have only known each other for the last 26 years but of those years I have got to know the best part of who you are.

 

Someone with a passion for life and a love that never falters. Everything I am and will become is because I have been raised by you mom, your wisdom and care are only a few of your many wonderful traits which I will take with me into my life. I know I speak not only for myself but for anyone that knows you, but you mom are one in a million, no matter the challenge you always hold your head high.

 

Always smiling and warming the hearts of all, as you give selflessly to anyone in need.

My best memories are the ones that I’ve shared with you not only the serious moments, when I’ve lost my way, and but also the crazy moments where we laugh and I watch as your mischievous eyes twinkle.

 

I know that gran is watching down of you and she is smiling and watching with pride at what a beautiful person you have become. We too as your family are so proud and honored to have you in our lives.

 

For me, today is a chance to say proudly that I feel so fortunate and honored to have you not only as my mother but also as my inspiration. Along with your tremendous love and support, you've brought, by example, immense joy and purpose into my life. 

 

I'm so glad that you've always had my back, even when you told me to keep my back (and the rest of my body) at school, not at home. I know I have caused you — and still cause you — a little bit of stress. It's not on purpose.

 

It's actually payback for all the times you've embarrassed me in front of my friends [pause for laughter]. Seriously, though, I will try my best to be a better me, Daughter 2.0, a version of me that's modeled on the best of you. You are so special to me, to our family and all your BFFs.

 

Many, many, many thanks for all you do. You truly live by the motto of giving everything and expecting nothing in return. I don't think I know a more thoughtful and generous person. For everyone who knows and loves you, you are our resourceful, loving matriarch and health nut, devoted to family and friends, over whom you fuss, spoil and most definitely feed — hungry or not — whenever we come to visit you [pause for laughter].

 

 

[Holding the hand of your mother or still looking at her] Happy 50th birthday, Mom! May you celebrate many, many more birthdays — <mock whispering under her breath> under the radar, of course. I love you, Mom! After 22 years of living under your roof, I can honestly say two things: (1) You are an amazing mother and (2) I plan to live another 22 years under your roof. Live with it.

 

Thank you for being my best friend and confidant for so many years. Not everyone is blessed to have a caring, loving mom like I am. 

Birthday toast for mom templates or examples


Mom, I haven't known you for my entire life, but I struggle to remember a time that you weren't there. Thank you for accepting me as yours.

 

[Turning to your guests] On behalf of my Mom and myself, I want to thank all of you for coming here to celebrate her 25th-for-the-second-time birthday. Tonight wouldn't be nearly as special without you. Now let's all raise our glasses to our birthday girl, drink up and enjoy the rest of the party! 

 

I promised to analyze it for you. So, first and foremost, let’s go back and recap the introductory remarks.

 

‘’Good evening and welcome everyone to my sweet mom’s 50th birthday. For those of you who don’t know me or I haven’t me, my name is Jeff. But I am popular called Candy a cool nickname mom gave me when I was a grade 5 because my mouth was always stuffed with them and that name has stayed with me till today.

 

Today 50 years ago a blessing was sent to this earth, an angel by the name of Karen, and I am truly honored to have you in my life.’’

                                

Did you notice in particular when you read that extract?

Well, that excerpt is the opening lines of the toast and it takes me back to my high school days when my English teacher said there are three main parts of every write up: introduction, body or content, and conclusion.

 

That simple introduction reinforces the notion of starting birthday toasts with a bang. Every introduction typically comprise of the following basic elements:

  • Greetings: ’Good evening and welcome everyone to my mom’s birthday…..
  • Short self-introduction: For those of you who don’t know me or I haven’t me, my name is Jeff….

 

It doesn’t end with the two bulleted points.

For your speech to become truly memorable, you have to start well and give the birthday guests a reason to listen to your entire story about your mom.  

 

Here’s how Jeff began his opening remarks.

‘’Today 50 years ago a blessing was sent to this earth, an angel by the name of Karen, and I am truly honored to have you in my life.’’

 

It’s a good piece but not a very exceptional opener. How then can you write a great introduction that will get everyone talking about your birthday wishes for your beloved mom? It’s actually simple and I am happy to share with you a couple of tips to help you get started.

 

First, if you don’t have anything to say at all, you can use the basic example we looked at.

‘’ Today 50 years ago a blessing was sent to this earth, an angel by the name of Karen, and I am truly honored to have you in my life.’’

 

Second, you can start on a lighter note by singing the ever popular happy birthday song before you deliver your birthday toast.

 

Let’s sing it together. 

 

 

 

Happy birthday to you

Happy birthday to you

Happy birthday to you

Happy birthday to you

How old are you now? How old are you now?

May God bless you now

May God bless you now

Hip hip hip Hurray!

 

To jazz things up a bit, you can customize that song with your mom’s name

 

Happy birthday to my sweet mom

Happy birthday to the world’s most beautiful woman

Happy birthday to my sweet

How old are you now? How old are you now?

May God bless you and make you much younger!

May God bless you and make you more beautiful!

Hip hip hip Hurray!

 

Now, don’t you think that will lighten up the atmosphere and make mom giggle with laughter? You better try it and mom will be so proud of you.

 

Third, you can make your toast very unique by surprising your mom with a funny video before you even start your speech. It could be this one from the Queen of England wishing her a happy birthday or this one from this funny Arabian.

 

What to say to my mom on her birthday

 

Fourth, if you have a good singing voice, you can write a short poem about your mom’s life and sing it beautiful to the admiration of your family and loved ones and your birthday speech for her will be a massive hit.

 

Fifth, you can start off with a bible verse or two if you or your mom is a Christian or religious. These bible verses can help.

Psalm 9:1

I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart;
    I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.

 

Psalm 95:1-3

Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;
    let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.

Let us come before him with thanksgiving
    and extol him with music and song.

For the Lord is the great God,
    the great King above all gods.

 

Ecclesiastics 3: 1A Time for Everything

There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:

    a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
    a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
    a time to weep and a time to laugh,

Now, I am going to use these words to illustrate how you can start your speech if you are a Christian or a faith based person using Psalm 9:1

I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart;
    I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.

 

Here’s my short example based on that verse.

 

Scripture enjoins us to be thankful to God in all situations because he’s the one who gives life. Tonight, we have gathered here to give thanks to God for the gift of life. 70 years ago, he gave life to my mom and what a blessing she’s been to the family and everyone who knows her.

 

Now, let’s see….

How to Write the Body or Content of Your Birthday Speech for Your Mom

The body of your message is basically a reflection of your mother’s life and what she means to you.

Using good stories about her life, you can quickly write something that will give everyone something to smile about.

The temptation here is to quickly write something down after reading a few good examples.

But that shouldn’t be the case even if you decide to wing it.

 

You need to have to plan, prepare, and then do a little brainstorming before you sit down to write a touching birthday speech or toast about your mom.

Remember, if you fail to plan, then you will fail to make a favorable impression even if you think you know mom very well like the back of your hand.

To do that, you have to prepare yourself mentally and it involves going through these few simple basic steps.

 

First, you should watch a few videos of how such toasts are given. Well, I found two great clips you can watch for inspiration.

 

Birthday toast for mom video#1

 

 

 

Birthday toast for mom video #2

 

 

 

Second, you should decide on the number of minutes you want your speech to last. Most speech givers often get worried about the duration of their speeches.

If you are, then this is my candid advice based on my experience as a speech writer. 

Your words should be long or short enough to capture the main ideas in a very meaningful way. 

 

Third, you have to decide on the style of your birthday speech. The styles to choose from are poetic, sentimental, funny, and narrative styles.

It’s also possible to combine two or more styles (fun and narrative). But it’s always best to blend narrative with something emotional since that’s always proven to resonate with the birthday party guests.

 

After you have completed the first three stages, you then go on to gather a few stories about your mom.

 

Well, if you are someone who finds it hard to remember details, these pointers can set you on the right track to coming up with the right anecdotes about your sweet mom.

 

Action Tip: Take your pen and journal and write down answers to the following questions.

  • Why do you love your mom?
  • What makes her a special woman or mom?
  • How does she inspire you to become a better person?
  • Do you recall funny memories you wish to add to your birthday toast for your mom?
  • What are some good memories you wish to share about her life? Write down as many stories that come to you and pick a few interesting ones you wish to weave into your presentation.

 

Action Tip: Having collected the right ideas for the content of your message, you can then proceed to write a rough draft of your message and then revise it until you are very happy with what you have written on the sheet of paper.

 

Let us finally look at…

 

How to End Your Birthday Toast with a Bang

This looks very easy to write on the surface. But great ones are hard to find like pearls in the ocean bed.

 

You see, you have to work hard on the concluding remarks as you would for your opening lines because they carry the same weight and function.

 

Below are a few tips you can use to wrap up well.

 

First, if you can’t think of anything to say, you may borrow Jeff’s closing remarks.

‘’On behalf of my Mom and myself, I want to thank all of you for coming here to celebrate her 25th-for-the-second-time birthday. Tonight wouldn't be nearly as special without you. Now let's all raise our glasses to our birthday girl, drink up and enjoy the rest of the party! ‘’

 

Second, you can also shower mom with lots of best wishes. You may choose from the following:

  • Happy Birthday Mom! You are the best, and I am blessed to have you as my mother.

 

  • No matter how old you become, you’ll always be the same beautiful amazing lady in my eyes. Happy birthday beautiful!

 

  • Happy Birthday Mom! Thank you for always showering me with unconditional love!

 

  • You gave me the best life and you are the best gift from God. Life without you is impossible for me. May God keep you healthy and happy in life!
  •  
  • Thank you, mom, for showering so much love on me. You mean the world to me. Happy birthday to you. May your day be spent with a smile on your face!

 

Third, you can end with a prayer or faith- based proclamation if you are a Christian.

 

A prayer for mom on her birthday:

 

Dear Lord, Bless every mom with the finest of your spiritual blessings today. Confirm in her heart and spirit the work of her hands and the love that she has so freely given to those children under her care.

Validate her worth daily, fill her heart with love, peace and wisdom so she has no reason to doubt whether she is loved, valued, and cherished in the eyes of her Heavenly Father.

 

You can probably use this Psalm to write a special grace or blessing for your mom.

Psalm 128

A song of ascents.

Blessed are all who fear the Lord,
    who walk in obedience to him.
You will eat the fruit of your labor;
    blessings and prosperity will be yours.
Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
    within your house;
your children will be like olive shoots
    around your table.
Yes, this will be the blessing
    for the man who fears the Lord.

May the Lord bless you from Zion;
    may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
    all the days of your life.
May you live to see your children’s children—
    peace be on Israel.

 

Fourth, you can make the birthday evening one to remember by honoring her with a very special gift to your mom.

Birthday toast for mom from or daughter on her special day

 

 

 

 


Birthday Speech or Toast for a Friend: How to easily write an inspiring birthday message for your best friend on his or her special day

 

I am pretty sure you arrived here because you are looking for one or more of the following ideas:

  • How to write a sweet birthday speech or toast for your best friend on his or her 18th, 21st, 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th, 70th, 75th, 80th, 85th, 90th, 100th birthday
  • How to use birthday speech examples or templates to write a heartfelt toast that will make your best friend feel so special and loved

...Plus a whole lot more ideas even if you think you are not great with words.

 

Before we go into that, let’s start with this short story as it holds the key to all that we are going to look at pretty soon.

 

Birthday toast for friend

 

Would You Want Someone Like This To Be Your Friend?

Mark thought his dreams would never come to pass. After graduating college, he dreamed of finding a good job with great pay.

 

Although, he had great grades and strong work ethics, he couldn’t find a job that best suited him.

 

He had always loved to teach others how to manage their money and live financial independent lives. He set up shop but his small business folded up just two years after he commenced operations.  

Luckily enough, he met an old school friend whose father taught him the ropes and was soon back on his feet.

 

 

When his friend Dan wanted to celebrate his birthday, Mark thought of giving him a gift that will outlive time itself.

After carefully considering several options, he felt the most enduring way to honor his best friend was to deliver a heartfelt birthday toast that will convey their relationship over the years and how much his friend means to him.

 

Mark was not known to be a great speaker, let alone a good writer. Yet, he certainly felt that was the way to go after talking to several people he knew.

 

He worked so hard on this birthday message for his friend for two months and came up with this short and inspiring birthday wish for his childhood friend.

 

Please note: I would like to express appreciation to Susan Dugdale of Write It Loud for letting us post this example here on this page.

 

Please note:  Although this is for a 50th birthday example,

I am going to break to break it down for you bit by bit so we can figure out how to use our observations to

write a great birthday toast for your close friend even if you are writing a birthday message for your friend or his or her 18th, 21st, 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th, 70th, 75th, 80th, 85th, 90th, 100th birthday.

 

 

Here you go:

 

50TH Birthday Speech Example for a Friend

"Good evening all. It's great to have you here. Most of you know my feeling on birthdays.

 

 

Generally I say, what's the big deal?

By the time you've had over thirty, there should be a cease and desist order against them.

They're not unusual. Everybody has them and at the same rate as everybody else - one a year. They happen whether you want them to or not.

Believe me, I know. I've had quite a few and looking around this room I can see it's the same for others as well.

So why are we here?

 

It's not to celebrate the inevitable passage of time but something much more. Everyone has birthdays but not everyone is my friend, Alan West.

Alan, you are unique. And today I'm gladly putting aside my grumbles about birthday speeches, balloons, presents and silly hats, to honor you.

 

You've reached the 50 milestone. 50 birthdays, that's a whole lot of living. Enough to establish the character of a man, to know who he is. And I've known you through about 30 of them.

So what I want to know is, when are you going to give up the idea that you're a surfer? 

 

We all know your geriatric surfboard has gone to the beach with you every summer for at least the last 15 years and never once got wet. Millie says you're waiting for the big one. I say it happened in 1988 and you were too busy zinc coating your nose to notice.

 

Rumor has it that your surfboard has been bolted to the top of whatever wagon you've had is ever since.

 

Likewise his growing collection of fancy running shoes. He says he can't seem to get a good fit these days. I say his days of being good and fit have long since gone, up and over the hill.

 

And then there's the annual season tickets to 10 nights of film festival screenings.

 

They seem like a good idea. They were a good idea in the days when the ratio of surplus energy to the number of hours in a day was higher.

Doesn't he know, he's at that age when his back is expected to go out more frequently than himself?

 

But seriously folks, aside from his lamentable quirks of character Alan is a friend - a real one. He's there when you need him - offering practical advice on just about everything, from how to unblock the drains to how to meet personal tragedy with courage.

 

And Alan's not a mere theorist who has read the books. He walks his talk and walks it tall.

I know he's shy about having his good deeds displayed in public.

A less kind person than myself might say that's because if everybody knew just how helpful he could be, he'd be called upon all the time. And that would mean no time for polishing the surfboard or adding another pair of shoes to the collection. But I know better. He's modest.

 

However on this occasion I'm going to ignore his finer feelings. 

I thought it would be great to publicly acknowledge all the personal and lovable qualities we admire about Alan. So I asked around.

 

I had a couple of contributions. One from Sam who mentioned his foot size was similar to yours and that his runners were down at heel.

The other was from my son who said he'd be willing to take the film passes off his hands.

Neither was the type of thing I had in mind. So I was forced to think for myself.

Birthday speech for a friend

 

Alan, you're an important touchstone in my life.

For 30 years we've stood by each other through the good as well as difficult, challenging times.

 

I value your opinion (when it's not on the dubious merit of old surfboards). I value the way we can agree to disagree and still count each other as friends. I admire your humor and humility. Then there's your persistence which some might call stubbornness.

 

I could go on but because I want to preserve what's left of our friendship and myself, I won't. They say, looks can't kill however the one you're giving me now seems murderous.

 

So before I'm forcibly shut-up, I'll do it myself.

In conclusion, please raise your glasses to Alan, to friendship and to birthdays. May you have many more."

 

Wow! That was a great example of what to say to your friend on his or her birthday. I found it very inspiring and touching.

 

Did you learn a thing or two from this short but sweet birthday toast?

I am sure you might be wondering out loud if you too can write something close to that, if not better.

 

Believe it or not, you can because I am going to  break that sample speech down and explain using appropriate examples how you can write a unique and inspiring speech for your beloved friend.

 

Just Start with Any of These Tips and Your Birthday Message Will Be a Massive Hit

 

First, let’s start with the introductory remarks about Alan.

Here’s an excerpt.

‘’ "Good evening all. It's great to have you here. Most of you know my feeling on birthdays.

 

 

Generally I say, what's the big deal?

By the time you've had over thirty, there should be a cease and desist order against them.’’

 

Do you remember the good old days in High School when your English teacher said that every essay has three parts or divisions?

 

Congratulations if you do. Do you recall what your teacher said they are? If you mentioned introduction, body and conclusion, then I am going to give you a pat on the back!

 

Please don’t bury your head in the sand if you didn’t get it right. Well, I found the opening lines above quite funny.

 

You see, every great write up starts with an opening address which sets the perfect tone for the rest of your presentation. Thus, giving your listeners this assurance they are in for one of the best birthday speeches ever.

 

Your introductory remarks should do a brilliant job of letting everyone know how you are and your relationship with the birthday celebrant. A more classic way to begin is by saying this:

 

‘’Good evening everyone and it feels so great to be in your midst. For those of you who don’t know , I am Matt, Dan’s childhood friend. Most people call me Matt The Tiger and I like that nickname very much. Dan gave it to me when we were in grade 3 and I pounced on him like a furious tiger for snatching my candy and running away with it.  ‘’

 

Don’t you think that was a nice way of warming up your listeners for the rest of your story?

 

Stories are just one of the ways of doing that. There are several ways to accomplish that and I am going to share them with you.

 

First, to make your birthday wishes unique, you can start by writing a short poem about your friend and singing it out to the beat of a well-known song if you have a good singing voice.

Below is an example

 

 

Second, you can creatively and imaginatively come up with a short funny video like the one below before you even deliver your birthday speech for your best friend.

Remember, birthday toasts are meant to be fun and not too serious.

Please click on the play button to watch it and you will smile like a little child with a piece of candy on his tongue.

……………………………………………………….

 

Third, if you or your friend is a bible believing Christian, you can start with a few verses from the scripture or Holy Bible.

 

  • The Lord will keep you from all harm—
    he will watch over your life;
    the Lord will watch over your coming and going
    both now and forevermore.

Psalm 121:7-8

  • Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

Ephesians 5:15-16

  • As water reflects the face,
    so one’s life reflects the heart.

Proverbs 27:19

 

Now, please watch me carefully as I use the second bible verse to write something brief about God’s gift of life and his faithfulness.  

 

50th birthday toast for a friend

 

Scripture reminds us in Ephesians 5: 15-16 to make good use of our time and every opportunity. Tonight, we are here to celebrate the life of a very special person who has made the most of his time on earth for 70 years!

Did you see how I wrote that with that verse? That’s how it’s done.

 

Fourth, if you want to write an emotional birthday message for your colleague, you may start with some witty lines or quotes about friendships. Below are a couple you can personalize to suit your own writing style.

  • “Don’t make friends who are comfortable to be with. Make friends who will force you to lever yourself up.” — Thomas J. Watson
  • Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose.” — Tennessee Williams
  • “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched — they must be felt with the heart.” — Helen Keller
  • “A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.” — Walter Winchell
  • Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.” — Oprah Winfrey

 

Can you use any of the above lines to write something touching ?  Ok, I am happy to help. I will make something out of Helen Keller’s quote.

 

A Beautiful Example for Your Best Friend

 

A very wise woman once said that the best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. 

 

I only understood what she said by that when Michelle came into my 50 years ago. She’s 80 years old today and I have the privilege of sharing my life with her for 5 decades. So, as I always jokingly tell her and our friends, I know at least 50 things about her. I have learned one thing about her each year and I couldn’t be more right!

 

Aww…Wasn’t that sweet? You be the judge.

 

Now, let’s move on to

 

How to Write the Content of Your Birthday Speech for Your Friend

 

This part of your speech is undoubtedly the easiest portion to write. But it gets a little bit harder when you have to organize your scattered thoughts into a very coherent message about your bonds of friendship.

 

If you are struggling with putting across your random thoughts into a beautiful speech about your friend, then I recommend that you follow this simple process.

 

First, watch a few videos to whip up excitement about this writing task as it will ultimately influence the words you use for your tribute and how you will speak.

 

By the way, I found these clips for you. Please enjoy them and write down anything that comes to mind as you do that.

 

 

Birthday Toast for Your Friend video#1

 

 

Birthday Toast for Your Friend video#2

 

 

 

Second, decide on the kind of tribute you wish to give. You could pick from any of these: funny, rhythmic, poetic, musical, narrative, gratitude or a combination of all these.

 

Third, after picking your style, you can then go on jot down memories about your friend. If you are a childhood friend, then you obviously can recall lots of good and interesting anecdotes you wish to share.

 

All in all, these questions can help you narrow your focus about the right facts to use for his or her birthday toast.

 

Questions like

  • How did you meet your friend?
  • Where did you meet your friend?
  • What drew him or her to your side?
  • Do you remember the early years of your friendship?
  • How did your friendship evolve?
  • Do you want to throw in some funny memories?
  • What has been the influence of your friend in your own life?
  • How has your friend grown professionally and as a person?
  • What are a few things you really admire about him or her?

 

Action Tip: Without wasting time, please pick up your pen and journal and start to do a little brainstorming to help you write down ideas that comes to you about the questions asked.

 

Then, write a very rough draft of what you wish to say.

 

Afterwards, let the speech sit idle for a while (if you still have more for the birthday party) and keep editing it until you are happy with what you have produced.

 

Birthday speech for 70th

 

Now, let us see…

 

How You Can Write the Ending of Your Toast on a Memorable Note

 

After working so hard on the introductory remarks and the subsequent chapters, most speech givers get to the end with this conviction that they have done justice to their presentation.

 

When this happens, complacency sets in and they often don’t wrap up on a good note.

You definitely should put in the same effort you did when you started your presentation since what you say and how well you climax it will stick in the minds of the party goers like glue for years to come.

 

In these concluding lines, I am going share with you a few ideas you can use to end well.

 

First, if you have nothing to say at all, you can end with a toast like he did.

‘’ So before I'm forcibly shut-up, I'll do it myself.

In conclusion, please raise your glasses to Alan, to friendship and to birthdays. May you have many more."

 

Or even with this one…see below

 

I want to raise a glass to an absolute gentleman, a loving husband, and amazing dad and my best friend ever. Words cannot express the way we feel towards you as you continue to radiate your happiness to each and every one of us. You truly are an example of who a friend is and I would like us all raise a glass to wish this man a happy birthday!

 

Second, if your friend is a Christian, you can pronounce some blessings over his or her life or even conclude with this prayer from the fourth book of the bible.

 

Numbers 6:24-26

New King James Version

24 “The Lord bless you and keep you;
25 The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
26 The Lord [a]lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.

 

Third, you can as well end with some well-wishes. Below are a few of them.

  1. Every year on your birthday, I get reminded of how much you mean to me as a best friend.
  2. Birthdays only come once a year, and your friendship only comes once a lifetime.
  3. Cheers to the nights that turned into mornings and the friend that turned into family. Happy Birthday!
  4. May you have all the love your heart can hold, all the happiness a day can bring, and all the blessings a life can unfold. Happy birthday!-Unknown
  1. Life should be lived with a smile on your face and no one does a better job of putting one on my face than you. Happy birthday!-Unknown

 

Fourth, you can end on a bright note by singing a happy birthday song for your friend. To make it very hilarious and more personal, you can substitute a few words here and there with a few details about your friend.

 

Watch the video and see how I have done that below. Can you hum the tune and sing along to the beat of the song?

 

Ready? Ok….Let’s sing it together!

 

Happy 60th birthday to my best friend

Happy 60th birthday to my pal

Happy 60th birthday to my friend foe

Happy birthday to Amanda

We have fought for 50 years

But we are still good friends

We have fought for 50 years

But I still love you

Thank you for always being there

Birthday toast for my close friend

 

 


Birthday Speech or Toast for Myself

 

How to write an inspiring birthday message about yourself

 

I am here to help you out because I can see that you are looking for help with your birthday wishes.

 

Well, just give me a few minutes of your precious time and I will help you easily write a memorable 21st, 25th, 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th, 65th, 70th, 75th, 80th birthday speech or toast for yourself even if you think you are not cut out for speaking in public.

 

 

A Happy Birthday Gift for You

 

First and foremost, let me congratulate you on your birthday and wish you a happy birthday filled with health, love, laughter and happiness.

 

I have a little surprise for you. Can you guess what it is? It is evergreen birthday song specially dedicated to you!

 

Please click on the video clip to enjoy this song before we continue with this and it will certainly make your day.

 

 

 

I am sure you smiled as you listened to that beautiful piece of music. You actually deserve more than that because you are a very special person.

 

Now, let’s dive right in. You obviously have been to lots of birthday parties. But I am pretty sure you didn’t pay much attention to how the speeches were delivered.

 

I am sure you never thought someday you will have to stand in front of your family and friends to say something about yourself on your birthday.

 

Your friends and family will be coming over to celebrate with you and they are going to shower you with tons of gifts and beautiful cards that convey their best wishes because you mean the world to them.

 

And there’s no better way to express gratitude than to let them know how incredibly thankful you are for their love and support over the years because you are a living product of their unconditional love.

 

A great thank you birthday message or speech can help you accomplish just that. But it shouldn’t end with words of gratitude if you really want to inspire the party-goers with heartwarming stories of  your life and how you have come out stronger for it.

 

I always advise birthday celebrants celebrating their 50th, 60th, 65th, 70th, 75th, 80th, 85th etc. birthday parties to tell inspirational stories about their lives since that's what their friends and family will remember most after they have downed their glasses of wine and filled their tummies with food. 

 

Birthday speech for myself

 

Why You Should Do This before You Write Your Birthday Speech or Toast for Yourself

 

Before you even think of putting your message together, you first have to decide on the goals of your birthday toast.

 

Do you want to simply say a few words thanking everyone for coming? Or do you want to pack your speech with fond memories?  

 

If your goal is to thank certain personalities who have played a key role in your life, then this is what I recommend you do right away.

 

Grab a pen and note pad or journal and write down names of those individuals and mention why you are thanking them.

 

You can say a special thank you to people like  

  • God for the gift of life…
  • Your own parents if they are alive…If they have returned to dust, you can say something like:

 

My mom and dad are not around. But I am sure they are looking down at me with pride and gratitude …

 

  • Your friends....even if they can’t make it, just mention their names and let them know how blessed you are to have to have them in your life.
  • Your husband or wife.
  • Your own children
  • Your in-laws
  • Of course, you should thank guests who traveled from far and near to attend the party as well as people who sent in their best wishes.

 

By the way,  here is a very…

 

Short birthday thank you example or template

 

I would like to thank Imp Center for this sample.

 

Short birthday thank you example 1

 

I thank you all for making this day special with all these lovely gifts.

My birthday is certainly is a very special day in my life. What makes it really special is the presence of all the guests who are here to show me just how much they love me. Once again, I would like you to know just how thankful I am.

 

 

Short birthday thank you template or example 2

 

Dear friends and Dearest kids, a warm welcome to all of you!

I am highly honored and grateful to all of you for making to this event. As you all are aware, a year ago, on the same date, our little princess was born. She brought a lot of happiness and charm to our life along with big hopes and dreams.

 

We had been waiting for this event to celebrate her birthday and thank all those people through this occasion who gifted us with their blessings and wishes.

 

First of all, I would thank God for bringing this moment in our life when I am standing in front of all of you along with my daughter who is dressed up as a princess waiting to cut her cake and hear the birthday song.

 

Very few of you know that my pregnancy was full of complications but all thanks to our gynaecologist, Dr. X, who never gave up hoping a normal delivery. I would specially like to take this opportunity to thank her on this special occasion. Doctor, we are truly grateful to you for making it so simple and memorable for us.

 

I would like to thank my husband for standing by my side and loving me unconditionally. All my family members are great and have always stimulated my hope of having a child and see, because of their wishes; I am celebrating this event today.

 

I would especially like to thank my sister for organizing such a grand party on this occasion. The music, lights, cake, balloons, food and drinks, everything is amazing. Thank you Y, you have been a great sister and a darling aunt to my daughter. This party comes to me as a surprise and let me tell you, I just loved it.

 

I would also like to thank all my colleagues and relatives who have visited us tonight and are a part of this celebration.

 

Today is a week day and I was not expecting many people to attend this event, but this is really overwhelming for me to see you all here and thank you very much bringing those lovely gifts.

Dinner is arranged on the first floor and I request all of you to assemble in the hall upstairs right after half an hour from now to have your dinner.

 

Kids, please don’t go without taking your balloons, birthday caps, masks and off course your respective return gifts. Parents have to make sure that no child goes empty handed.

Thank you once again everyone, please enjoy!

 

That was a very simple and witty example you can customize to write a birthday message for yourself.  

 

How to Put Your Ideas Together to write a Birthday Toast for Yourself

 

To get your ideas flowing in a chronological order, there are a few steps you have to follow before you tie the loose parts together.

 

First, put yourself in the mood by watching a few videos about how birthday speeches or toasts are made.

 

Short birthday toast for myself

 

Thankfully, YouTube has a lot of them and I am happy to share with you two examples so you can figure out what goes into writing a sweet birthday wish.

 

As you watch these short clips, please look out for ideas and tips that can help you express the deepest sentiments of your heart.

 

Please jot down ideas you think you can incorporate into your own birthday message as you watch them.

 

 

Here you go:

 

Birthday Speech Video #1


 

Birthday Speech Video # 2

 

 

 

Second, decide on the style you wish to use for your birthday toast. Do you want it sound funny, sentimental, or you just want to tell a simple story?

 

It’s always best to use a combination of all styles even if you want to tell a story since it’s the surest way of making your birthday message very unique and memorable.

 

Third, you should always read and study well written birthday speech or toast templates and model yours after them if you don’t want to spend countless hours thinking about what to say and what not to say.  

 

To make things easier for you, I am going to share with you a short birthday example that captures what I was talking about in the last paragraph.

 

Please note: Although this is for a 70th birthday speech example, we are going to break it down afterwards and use the lessons learned to write your own birthday speech even if you are celebrating your 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th, 65th, 70th, 80th, 90th birthday.

 

Now, here we go:  Writer Mark Twain’s 70th Birthday Speech

"Now, ladies and gentlemen, and Colonel Harvey, I will try not to be greedy on your behalf in wishing the health of our honored and, in view of his great age, our revered guest. I will not say, 'Oh King, live forever!' but 'Oh King, live as long as you like!'"

 

 

WELL, if I made that joke, it is the best one I ever made, and it is in the prettiest language, too. I never can get quite to that height. But I appreciate that joke, and I shall remember it -- and I shall use it when occasion requires.

 

 

I have had a great many birthdays in my time. I remember the first one very well, and I always think of it with indignation; everything was so crude, unaesthetic, primeval. Nothing like this at all. No proper appreciative preparation made; nothing really ready.

 

Now, for a person born with high and delicate instincts -- why, even the cradle wasn't whitewashed -- nothing ready at all.

 

I hadn't any hair, I hadn't any teeth, I hadn't any clothes, I had to go to my first banquet just like that. Well, everybody came swarming in. It was the merest little bit of a village -- hardly that, just a little hamlet, in the backwoods of Missouri, where nothing ever happened, and the people were all interested, and they all came; they looked me over to see if there was anything fresh in my line.

 

Why, nothing ever happened in that village -- I -- why, I was the only thing that had really happened there for months and months and months; and although I say it myself that shouldn't, I came the nearest to being a real event that had happened in that village in more than two years.

 

Well, those people came, they came with that curiosity which is so provincial, with that frankness which also is so provincial, and they examined me all around and gave their opinion.

 

Nobody asked them, and I shouldn't have minded if anybody had paid me a compliment, but nobody did. Their opinions were all just green with prejudice, and I feel those opinions to this day.

 

Well, I stood that as long as -- well, you know I was born courteous, and I stood it to the limit. I stood it an hour, and then the worm turned. I was the worm; it was my turn to turn, and I turned.

 

I knew very well the strength of my position; I knew that I was the only spotlessly pure and innocent person in that whole town, and I came out and said so. And they could not say a word. It was so true.

 

 

They blushed; they were embarrassed. Well, that was the first after-dinner speech I ever made. I think it was after dinner.

 

It's a long stretch between that first birthday speech and this one. That was my cradle-song, and this is my swan-song, I suppose.

 

I am used to swan-songs; I have sung them several times. This is my seventieth birthday, and I wonder if you all rise to the size of that proposition, realizing all the significance of that phrase, seventieth birthday.

 

The seventieth birthday! It is the time of life when you arrive at a new and awful dignity; when you may throw aside the decent reserves which have oppressed you for a generation and stand unafraid and unabashed upon your seven-terraced summit and look down and teach -- unrebuked.

 

You can tell the world how you got there. It is what they all do. You shall never get tired of telling by what delicate arts and deep moralities you climbed up to that great place.

 

You will explain the process and dwell on the particulars with senile rapture. I have been anxious to explain my own system this long time, and now at last I have the right.

 

I have achieved my seventy years in the usual way: by sticking strictly to a scheme of life which would kill anybody else. It sounds like an exaggeration, but that is really the common rule for attaining to old age.

 

Birthday speech for myself template

 

When we examine the programme of any of these garrulous old people we always find that the habits which have preserved them would have decayed us; that the way of life which enabled them to live upon the property of their heirs so long, as Mr. Choate says, would have put us out of commission ahead of time.

 

I will offer here, as a sound maxim, this: That we can't reach old age by another man's road.

 

I will now teach, offering my way of life to whomsoever desires to commit suicide by the scheme which has enabled me to beat the doctor and the hangman for seventy years.

 

Some of the details may sound untrue, but they are not. I am not here to deceive; I am here to teach.

 

 

We have no permanent habits until we are forty. Then they begin to harden, presently they petrify, then business begins.

 

Since forty I have been regular about going to bed and getting up -- and that is one of the main things. I have made it a rule to go to bed when there wasn't anybody left to sit up with; and I have made it a rule to get up when I had to.

 

This has resulted in an unswerving regularity of irregularity. It has saved me sound, but it would injure another person.

 

In the matter of diet -- which is another main thing -- I have been persistently strict in sticking to the things which didn't agree with me until one or the other of us got the best of it. Until lately I got the best of it myself.

 

But last spring I stopped frolicking with mince-pie after midnight; up to then I had always believed it wasn't loaded.

 

For thirty years I have taken coffee and bread at eight in the morning, and no bite nor sup until seven-thirty in the evening. Eleven hours.

 

That is all right for me, and is wholesome, because I have never had a headache in my life, but headachy people would not reach seventy comfortably by that road, and they would be foolish to try it.

 

And I wish to urge upon you this -- which I think is wisdom -- that if you find you can't make seventy by any but an uncomfortable road, don't you go.

 

When they take off the Pullman and retire you to the rancid smoker, put on your things, count your checks, and get out at the first way station where there's a cemetery.

 

I have made it a rule never to smoke more than one cigar at a time. I have no other restriction as regards smoking. I do not know just when I began to smoke, I only know that it was in my father's lifetime, and that I was discreet.

 

He passed from this life early in 1847, when I was a shade past eleven; ever since then I have smoked publicly. As an example to others, and not that I care for moderation myself, it has always been my rule never to smoke when asleep, and never to refrain when awake.

 

It is a good rule. I mean, for me; but some of you know quite well that it wouldn't answer for everybody that's trying to get to be seventy.

 

I smoke in bed until I have to go to sleep; I wake up in the night, sometimes once, sometimes twice, sometimes three times, and I never waste any of these opportunities to smoke.

 

This habit is so old and dear and precious to me that I would feel as you, sir, would feel if you should lose the only moral you've got -- meaning the chairman -- if you've got one: I am making no charges.

 

I will grant, here, that I have stopped smoking now and then, for a few months at a time, but it was not on principle, it was only to show off; it was to pulverize those critics who said I was a slave to my habits and couldn't break my bonds.

 

To-day it is all of sixty years since I began to smoke the limit. I have never bought cigars with life-belts around them. I early found that those were too expensive for me. I have always bought cheap cigars -- reasonably cheap, at any rate.

 

Sixty years ago they cost me four dollars a barrel, but my taste has improved, latterly, and I pay seven now. Six or seven. Seven, I think. Yes, it's seven. But that includes the barrel. I often have smoking-parties at my house; but the people that come have always just taken the pledge. I wonder why that is?

 

As for drinking, I have no rule about that. When the others drink I like to help, otherwise I remain dry, by habit and preference. This dryness does not hurt me, but it could easily hurt you, because you are different. You let it alone.

 

Since I was seven years old I have seldom taken a dose of medicine, and have still seldomer needed one. But up to seven I lived exclusively on allopathic medicines. Not that I needed them, for I don't think I did; it was for economy; my father took a drug-store for a debt, and it made cod-liver oil cheaper than the other breakfast foods.

 

We had nine barrels of it, and it lasted me seven years. Then I was weaned.

 

The rest of the family had to get along with rhubarb and ipecac and such things, because I was the pet. I was the first Standard Oil Trust. I had it all. By the time the drug-store was exhausted my health was established, and there has never been much the matter with me since.

 

But you know very well it would be foolish for the average child to start for seventy on that basis.

 

It happened to be just the thing for me, but that was merely an accident; it couldn't happen again in a century.

 

I have never taken any exercise, except sleeping and resting, and I never intend to take any. Exercise is loathsome. And it cannot be any benefit when you are tired; and I was always tired. But let another person try my way, and see where he will come out.

I desire now to repeat and emphasize that maxim: We can't reach old age by another man's road. My habits protect my life, but they would assassinate you.

 

 

I have lived a severely moral life. But it would be a mistake for other people to try that, or for me to recommend it. Very few would succeed: you have to have a perfectly colossal stock of morals; and you can't get them on a margin; you have to have the whole thing, and put them in your box.

 

Morals are an acquirement -- like music, like a foreign language, like piety, poker, paralysis -- no man is born with them. I wasn't myself, I started poor.

 

I hadn't a single moral. There is hardly a man in this house that is poorer than I was then. Yes, I started like that -- the world before me, not a moral in the slot.

 

Not even an insurance moral. I can remember the first one I ever got. I can remember the landscape, the weather, the -- I can remember how everything looked.

 

It was an old moral, an old second-hand moral, all out of repair, and didn't fit, anyway. But if you are careful with a thing like that, and keep it in a dry place, and save it for processions, and Chautauquas, and World's Fairs, and so on, and disinfect it now and then, and give it a fresh coat of whitewash once in a while, you will be surprised to see how well she will last and how long she will keep sweet, or at least inoffensive.

 

When I got that mouldy old moral, she had stopped growing,because she hadn't any exercise; but I worked her hard, I worked her Sundays and all.

 

Under this cultivation she waxed in might and stature beyond belief, and served me well and was my pride and joy for sixty-three years; then she got to associating with insurance presidents, and lost flesh and character, and was a sorrow to look at and no longer competent for business.

 

She was a great loss to me. Yet not all loss. I sold her -- ah, pathetic skeleton, as she was -- I sold her to Leopold, the pirate King of Belgium; he sold her to our Metropolitan Museum, and it was very glad to get her, for without a rag on, she stands 57 feet long and 16 feet high, and they think she's a brontosaur.

 

Well, she looks it. They believe it will take nineteen geological periods to breed her match.

 

Morals are of inestimable value, for every man is born crammed with sin microbes, and the only thing that can extirpate these sin microbes is morals. Now you take a sterilized Christian -- I mean, you take the sterilized Christian, for there's only one. Dear sir, I wish you wouldn't look at me like that.

Threescore years and ten!

 "Your invitation honors me, and pleases me because you still keep me in your remembrance.

 

That was obviously a great birthday message by a great man and writer.

 

Now, let’s break it down bit by bit and see what went into it.

 

Twain’s birthday message had three parts: introduction, body, and conclusion. Let’s start with his opening remarks and figure out how to write something close to that, if not better.

‘’ Now, ladies and gentlemen, and Colonel Harvey, I will try not to be greedy on your behalf in wishing the health of our honored and, in view of his great age, our revered guest. I will not say, 'Oh King………… I have had a great many birthdays in my time. I remember the first one very well’’

 

You see, the introduction of your own birthday speech is like meeting a girl you intend to marry for the very first time.

 

You’ve got to make a favorable impression if you want the guests to salivate for more.

 

I am sure by now you are wondering how best you can do that. You don’t have to worry about that because the following tried and tested tips can easily help you start with a bang if you are not even great with words.

 

What to say on my birthday

 

First, if you are old enough say 50, 60, 70, 80, etc., you can start with something witty or inspirational.

 

Suppose, I am giving my 75th birthday speech, then I can start like this:

 

‘’Once, we were on the bus traveling to a town after ours when I bumped into a young wise man. After chatting for a while, he looked me in the face and said’’ You looked like my grandfather. But it looks like you are much younger!

 

That got me excited. So, I said. I am actually a young man and I would be 75 next week.  I am so happy you called me a young man. Most people have told me I don’t look this old.’’

 

This young man then asked, ‘’ Sir, are you ageing in reverse? I am only 30 but people don’t believe me when I say that. Someone remarked the other day that I actually looked 50!

 

To which I said, when you begin to think like a young man, you will always feel much younger. You seem to carrying so much on your shoulders. Then, I said, you have got to give back to the world what you can’t keep and keep what you want to keep.

 

Ladies and gentlemen, for 75 years now, that has been my personal motto and that has kept me still going strong.

 

Did you notice how I weaved in that little story? That’s one of the best ways of endearing yourself to the guests on a very personal level because we are all wired for stories.

 

Second, you can start with a joke. It could be about a nickname and how you got it if your friends and family don’t know about the story behind that name.

Or even a funny story you wish to share that will make your birthday an event to remember.

 

Third, if you like singing, you can begin by writing a simple thank you birthday speech and sing along to the beat of a well-known song.

 

Fourth, if you are known to be a serious person, you can start with a quote about life.  I want to show you how you can use this simple quote to capture the attention of the party goer’s right from the get go.

 

Below are quotes to help you get started.

 

·         a. Count your age by friends, not years. ...

       

·         b. Your birthday is the beginning of your own personal new year

    

·         c. Your birthday is an opportunity to reset your life.

 

 

 

Here’s my example based on the last quote. 

Thank you so much family and friends for being her on the most important day of my life.

 

Many of you were with me all those dark years and I couldn’t have made it to 40 without your love and support.

 

As you know, my whole life was a mess when I first met some of you. It was until I read this quote that your pieces of advice began to make sense to me.

 

Maggie gave me a gift on my 35th birthday as a gift and on the back was this quote that said your birthday is an opportunity to reset your dreams and expectations.

 

At that point, I thought my life wouldn’t be good enough until…

 

Action Tip: You may read those four tips above and decide the route you want to take and just start writing your opening address.

 

 

Now, let’s see…

How You Can Write The Content Of Your Birthday Speech

 

Before you write the storyline of your birthday speech for yourself, you should take a few things into consideration first.

 

A few things like the kind of speech you want to make and the theme of the celebration. Which will both influence your choice of words.

 

While it is pretty common to give a narrative account of how far life has brought you down the road, some speakers prefer to inspire their listeners by giving them an account of stuff that have helped them survived the rough times.

 

The temptation here is to give a detailed account of your life particularly if you are wizened by age. But, remember, your birthday speech toast is not an autobiography and it shouldn’t sound like one.

 

 

Well, if you are a young person, say from 21 to 45 years old, then you obviously haven’t been through a lot in life.

 

For example, if you are still a young person, you can make the theme of your birthday speech with any of the following ideas:

·     4 Things I am Grateful For In 30 Years of my life

·     5 People Who have made All The Difference In My Life For The Last 40 years

If you don’t want to use any of that, you can share a few memorable events about your life.

 

If you are an old man or woman, you can share with the party goers the secrets of longevity by lacing your speech with stories about your personal life and you will give everyone something to smile about.

 

Action Tip: Relax and write memorable events about your life and decide the kind of stories you wish to add to your own birthday speech toast.

Inspiring birthday message for me