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.
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.
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.
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:
- The name of the speaker
- His or her relationship with the nephew or niece
- 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.
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.