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Use one or all of the free birthday speech samples on this page as a template for writing a great birthday tribute on your own. Each one below will certainly inspire you to come up with the right words for a milestone birthday (in other words, a 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th, 70th, 80th, 90th or 100th birthday).

The birthday speech examples below are from my huge collection of custom-written birthday speeches, so you will have a great head-start when you start writing yours.

Ready to get started? Ready to wow your audience? The sample birthday speeches below are a good place to start. To give you even more inspiration, you should also take a quick look at my birthday speechwriting tips here.

After looking at my tips and samples, you'll be well on your way to the best birthday speech you've ever delivered.

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Free Birthday Speech: 100th birthday

This is one of those classic 100th birthday speech samples. It has all the ingredients of a heartfelt 100th birthday tribute: a trip down memory lane, recognition of a life well lived, a big show of respect and inspiring words for the future (whatever it holds).

[Delivery Tips]
Italics: Phrases that need to be said with emphasis (or in a slow, deliberate way)

[Facing the audience] I would like to thank everyone for coming here today to celebrate our mother's special birthday.

To say I'm delighted to toast my mother on her 100th birthday is an understatement. I feel very fortunate to have this honor — but I'm not very surprised. Long ago, I realized that my mother had discovered the secret to living longer. She hasn't shared all of it with me yet but has hinted that it has something to do with her Atlantic City junkets, weekly doses of the local Senior Center and Eggplant Parmesan [pause for laughter]. 

[Looking at your mother] Mom, living to 100 is a blessing but I don't have to tell you. You bring new meaning to the "word" blessing. 

For everyone who knows and loves you, you are our resourceful, loving matriarch and master chef, 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]. 

For your four children who grew up in your warm and loving home, you are more than a mother — you're an inspiration. You're as sharp and feisty as ever with a true passion for cooking, sewing, gardening and everything life has to offer — plus you're an independent woman who has lived happily ever after in the same house for 65 years. If we're only half as sharp, feisty and passionate as you at 100, we will still be sharper, feistier and more passionate than anyone I know.

For your 10 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren who can see beyond your white hair, you are not only a repository of memories, from every family and holiday occasion or party — you are someone as alive and vibrant as they are.

Yes, living to 100 is a blessing and we are thrilled, to say the least, to celebrate the blessing we have in you. What a privilege to have you here today, what a treat to love you and what a joy to be loved by you. 

Happy 100th birthday, Mom. Here's to you and the truly special legacy you leave us every day. 

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Free Birthday Speech: 60th birthday

Birthday speech samples like the one below show that even a sister-in-law can deliver a heartfelt birthday speech (with a little tongue-in-cheek to add some fun and whimsy to this tribute).

[Delivery Tips]
Italics: Phrases that need to be said with emphasis (or in a slow, deliberate way)

[Looking at your sister-in-law] Susan*...dear, dear, Susan. From the moment I met you, I knew you were a keeper. You still are. You light up every room you enter with your loving, caring, happy, silly, funny, life-of-the-party ways. My brother, Gary*, is lucky to have you. I'm lucky to have you. In fact, our whole family is lucky to have you. I honestly don't know what we'd do without you. 

When I tell people about my incredible sister-in-law, Susan, I always say, "I have the best sister-in-law in the world. She's my best friend." And this always gets the same response: disbelief. They look at me as if I'm trying to sell them dragon eggs or something and say, "Those are words that will never, ever come out of my mouth." I guess we live in a scary, post-Solange Knowles world. But I will say it right here and now: I have the best sister-in-law in the world. 

It gives me and everyone in this room, I'm sure, immense pleasure to be here tonight and celebrate you on your 60th birthday. Happy 60th birthday, Susan. I love you. 

[Turning to the guests] Now let's all raise our glasses to the sweetest and youngest 60 year old we know! 

[Turning back to your sister-in-law] Susan, may you celebrate many more birthdays in great health and even greater spirits. 

[Turning back to the guests] Everyone, drink up and enjoy the rest of the party!

* Not their real names.


Free Birthday Speech: 50th birthday

When it comes to birthday speech samples, it's important to show "range" (how far you can go). In this case, I wrote a birthday speech for a young woman, a daughter who wanted to commemorate her mother's 50th birthday in a cool way. That doesn't mean throwing a bunch of the latest buzz words into the speech. It means capturing how a young person speaks (not what he or she actually says). Take a look for yourself... 

[Delivery Tips]
Italics: Phrases that need to be said with emphasis (or in a slow, deliberate way)

[Looking at your mother] Mom, wishing you a "happy 50th birthday" doesn't seem right. Happy 25th birthday for the second time is more like it. It's not only because you still have the legs and face of an airline stewardess [pause for laughter]. It's also because you're a whirlwind of pure love, passion, enthusiasm, warmth and humor that's, well, simply contagious. I see you in the laughter and kindness of our precious family and your many friends. And I see you in me — the best part of me. 

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.

[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! 

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Free birthday speech: 80th birthday

This birthday speech sample is different from the others on this page in one very important respect: it's delivered by a platonic friend, not a family member or sweetheart.

This type of speech requires a certain tact. A friend should not try to appropriate what's a big celebration for, in this case, the 80th birthday boy and his family, stealing the scene (so to speak) and ending up as the lead in this major "birthday" production.

A friend's speech should just serve as a complement to the evening. That's exactly what the speech sample below does.

[Delivery Tips]
Italics: Phrases that need to be said with emphasis (or in a slow, deliberate way)

Welcome, everybody. Thank you for being here and sharing David's 80th birthday celebration. I must say that I feel 50 years younger as I gaze around the room [pause for laughter]! OK, maybe 10 years younger.

[Facing David]

So here we are together to celebrate you and your 80 well-lived, well-loved years – golden years full of energy, achievement, commitment, joie de vivre, adventure, fulfillment in marriage and family life and happiness. And you've seen sadness and tough times too, finding the inner strength to rise above them.

David, we hold you in our hearts for not what you've done for us but for the way you have done it. Being yourself. Being gutsy. Being honest. Being kind. Working hard. Never giving up. Your wisdom, your experience, your insight, your authenticity — are inspiring.

Today, we offer you our gratitude and our loving best wishes. Personally, I feel very privileged to have a friend like you in my life for so long. You've been an amazing role model, supporter, adviser, confidant and, when there's a game of Rummy Cube afoot, a worthy opponent. I can only hope that the rest of my journey on Earth is as full of love, joy, happiness and travel as yours.

David, all your family and friends here tonight pay tribute to the wonderful, generous and loving person you are.

[Facing the birthday party guests]

Before we toast this incredible man, I would like to leave you with a poem by Helen Steiner Rice that I adapted to capture what makes David so special as a friend.

[Turning back to David]

David, your friendship is a golden chain, 

The links are shared moments so dear, 

And like a rare and precious jewel, 

I treasure you more each year. 

Your friendship is clasped together firmly, 

With a love that's deep and true, 

And it's rich with happy memories, 

and fond recollections, too. 

Time can't destroy its beauty, 

For, as long as memory lives, 

Years can't erase the pleasure, 

That the joy of your friendship gives. 

For your friendship is a priceless gift 

That can't be bought or sold, 

But to have a friend like you, 

Is worth far more than gold.

And the golden chain of friendship, 

Is a strong and blessed tie, 

Binding kindred hearts together, 

As the years go passing by. 


[Facing the birthday party guests]

Now, ladies and gentlemen, please raise your glasses and join me in a toast to this remarkable man [raising your glass towards your David, so others will follow you].

[Facing David]

David, may your 80th birthday be as unforgettable as your first kiss, your wedding day or the birth of your children and grandchildren (in other words, as unforgettable as you).

* Not his real name.


One of the most famous birthday speech samples
Mark Twain's 70th Birthday Speech

Mark Twain's Famous 70th Birthday Speech

This video of Mark Twain's famous 70th birthday speech (with Val Kilmer as Mark Twain) is one of the best birthday speech samples in the world. Intelligent and witty, it proves that the more personal you get, the better the birthday speech. You can see the video right here.

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