Birthday Messages

Get inspired to write perfect birthday messages with 10,000+ examples of unique birthday wishes, quotes, poems, toasts and speeches.

By Kevin Nishmas
Updated: December 24, 2023

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Birthday Wishes

Sick of the overused, unoriginal, badly written birthday greetings you see everywhere online? Of course, you are. Get started with the beautifully written birthday wishes right below.

You can use all these birthday messages for your friends, mother, father, son, daughter, grandfather, grandmother, grandson, granddaughter, aunt or uncle...anyone you admire, appreciate and adore.

Birthday Messages - 10000+ Unique Birthday Wishes, Poems & Toasts

Happy birthday! As I celebrate this day in your honor, I feel blessed to have you in my life.

Happy birthday! The world is brighter with you in it, and your life is a brilliant display of joy and beauty.

Happy birthday! Here's to celebrating you and all the great moments we've shared.

May your dreams and desires forever be within reach. Happy birthday!

May your pursuits bring you a sense of completeness. Wishing you a joyous birthday.

With each passing year, may you discover more reasons to cherish the beauty of life.

You shine brighter than any diamond. May your birthday sparkle as brightly as you do.

Happy birthday! Today is a chance to relive memories of laughter and love, and create new ones.

Happy birthday! You are more valuable than the finest jewels. You are priceless.

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Happy birthday! You are a rock, unwavering in faith, and a blessing to all who know you.

Happy birthday! May your birthday be filled with blissful moments and your life with endless joy.

Happy birthday! Today, we celebrate another year of your life and another year you're in our lives.

Happy birthday! Let your heart overflow with love and let your generosity touch everybody's lives.

Happy birthday! May you receive the gift of wisdom and fulfillment on your special day.

Wishing you all the happiness and blessings your heart can hold on your birthday and always.

Here's to a birthday celebration full of magical moments and endless joy. May all your dreams come true.

Happy birthday! Sending you warm birthday wishes and a brighter future ahead.

Happy birthday! On your special day, I wish you hours of joy and a lifetime of happiness yet to be.

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Happy birthday! It brings me immense joy to celebrate this momentous occasion with you.

Happy birthday! My sincerest wishes for a fulfilling new chapter in your life.

May you be blessed with strength, happiness, wisdom, and good health on your birthday and always.

Happy birthday! You deserve nothing less than all your dreams coming true.

Here's wishing you a marvelous, jubilant and laughter-filled birthday.

As we honor the day of your birth, may your life be filled with laughter, love, joy and tranquility.

Happy birthday! May you find fulfillment in all your pursuits.

Happy birthday! May your life be rejuvenated with the warmth of affection and the sound of laughter.

Wishing you a very happy birthday, filled with love and joy.

Birthday Messages - 10000+ Unique Birthday Wishes, Poems & Toasts

Your special day is a time to celebrate the gift of you in our lives. Happy birthday!

Happy birthday! Your presence in our lives brings us immeasurable joy. Happy birthday!

Happy birthday! May all your wishes, no matter how big or small, come true on your special day.

Happy birthday! Your special day is a joyous celebration of life, love and joy.

Happy birthday! Wishing you a special day filled with fun and celebration.

Happy birthday! Sending you the warmest of wishes and a big, bear hug to mark your very special day.

Happy birthday! Even though I may be far away, my heart is with you on your special day.

Birthdays give us the perfect moment to celebrate the day you graced our lives. Happy birthday!

Happy birthday! May your special day start to bring you all the things you've ever wished for.

Birthday Messages - 10000+ Unique Birthday Wishes, Poems & Toasts

Happy birthday! Rather than celebrating you once a year, you should be celebrated every day.

Happy birthday! The beauty of your dreams and the power of your future is astounding, just like you.

Happy birthday! I wish you a delightful celebration and the fulfillment of all your heart's desires.

Happy birthday! Now it's time to chase away all your troubles, laugh loudly and revel in the joy life offers.

Today is meant to be celebrated, so relax and savor every moment of your special day. Happy birthday!

Happy birthday! Here's to a day of utter bliss and a lifetime of complete fulfillment.

Happy birthday! May your dreams and desires gallop like horses, ushering you into a future of dazzling success.

Happy birthday! May your celebration be adorned with memories that sparkle with the radiance of love and the glow of heartfelt smiles.

Happy birthday! Although I cannot be there to celebrate your birthday with you, you are always on my mind and, most of all, in my heart.

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Happy birthday! May your special day be embellished with treasured moments that shimmer with the brilliance of affection and the warmth of sincere grins.

For your birthday, I've been thinking about getting you something you'll love. Of course, it doesn't cost me anything to think. So accept this thoughtful message as my gift. Happy birthday!

Happy birthday. Don't just make one wish. Make as many wishes as you want and I will hope for each one of them to come true.

Happy birthday! When you blow out the candles on your birthday cake and open your birthday gifts, keep in mind that everybody here thinks that you're a wonderful person. We're lucky to have you in our lives. Enjoy every second of our admiration.

Happy birthday to the life of the party. That's you. Because this is your big day, let us show you a great time. We think that you deserve the best birthday celebration ever.

Happy birthday to an amazing [guy, gal]. You’re a genuine classic in an average world. May your big day be extraordinary in every way, just like you are.

Happy birthday! Today, as we commemorate your love, joy, accomplishments, and mere existence, I wish to express my gratitude the precious gift of you.

Happy birthday! Embrace your special day with a smile and a twinkle in your eye! You're only getting better with age!

Happy birthday! My heart is overflowing with delight as we celebrate your birthday. May this occasion be a source of immense joy for you.

Happy birthday. You're truly awesome. It’s not a real celebration until you arrive on the scene, especially today because it's you [we're, I'm] celebrating. We think you're simply amazing.

Happy birthday to an incredible person. You're incredible to everybody you know and love. Now it's time to bring you all the joy and kindness you bring everyone all year-round!

Happy birthday. You light up everybody's life. Here’s to you: may you only know the brightest of birthdays today and an especially bright year ahead.

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To a truly amazing person, happy birthday. Somebody as extraordinary as you deserves a birthday celebration just as amazing! Hope your big day is epic!

Happy birthday. You're a wonderful person who knows how to love, inspire, empower, spoil and appreciate everyone in your life. May everything you bring everybody came back to you a million-fold.

Happy birthday to a truly spectacular individual. You’re the shining star in everybody's orbit, now and forever. May your celebration be a shining example of [our, my] love for you.

Happy birthday! Let this day be etched in your memory as one filled with abundant love, laughter, friendship and joy.

Let's celebrate another fantastic year of your life with joy and excitement on this special day, your birthday! Happy birthday!.

Happy birthday! I hope all your dreams come true on this special day, as we cherish the beautiful memories of our friendship.

For me, your birthday is not the only time to celebrate you. If I had my way, every day would be a celebration in your honor. Happy birthday!

Happy birthday! Life is short, and birthdays are even shorter. Blow out your candles and eat as much birthday cake as you want. Seize this special day. 

Things change but you've managed to stay the same all these years. You're still the same wonderful person you've always been. Happy birthday!

Happy birthday! Although I can't be there for your special day, please know that you are in my thoughts (even more than usual).

Happy birthday! Today marks a new beginning, an opportunity to explore, make mistakes and conquer new frontiers. May you only know success.

Birthdays give us, your loved ones, the perfect moment to celebrate the day you graced our lives. Happy birthday!

Happy birthday! It's time to celebrate! I hope you can squeeze a lifetime of love, laughter and song into every moment of  your special day.

Happy birthday! You are an extraordinary individual, and I admire the blessings, ambition, bravery and beauty you bring to your life every day.

Happy birthday! As you celebrate your special day and add another year to your life, let go of your past and embark on many new chapters ahead.

Happy birthday. May the joy, kindness, laughter and wonder that you spread each and every day of your life turn your special day into the birthday celebration of the century.

Happy birthday. You deserve all the love, joy, inspiration and adventure that you bring everybody. Wishing you an epic birthday celebration, as extraordinary as you are.

Happy birthday. Don't count the candles on your birthday cake in years. Each one actually represents the light you bring to the lives of your friend and family. You're simply spectacular.


Birthday Quotes

Famous Birthday Messages

Want to use birthday quotes to wish perfect birthday messages to your loved ones? Great idea. Famous birthday quotes make wonderful birthday messages. Below are some quotes you may want to add to a card, eCard, text, whatever.

Birthday Messages - 10000+ Unique Birthday Wishes, Poems & Toasts

"Old age, believe me, is a good and pleasant thing. It is true you are gently shouldered off the stage, but then you are given such a comfortable front stall as spectator."


"The great thing about getting older is that you get a chance to tell the people in your life who matter what they mean to you."

Mike Love

“I think self-knowledge is a key to happiness. We can build happy lives only on the foundation of our own natures, our own values, and our own interests.”

Gretchen Rubin

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"The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it."

Richard Bach

"From there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere."

Dr. Seuss

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

Steven Kloves

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"There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age."

- Sophia Loren

"You can't help getting older, but you don't have to get old."

 - George Burns

“Maybe happiness didn’t have to be about the big sweeping circumstances, about having everything in your life in place. Maybe it was about stringing together a bunch of small pleasures.”

 - Ann Brashares

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"When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."

- Buddha

"I don't think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.”

- Anne Frank

“Dare to love yourself as if you were a rainbow with gold at both ends.”

- Aberjhani

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"Find joy in everything you choose to do." 

- Chuck Palahniuk

“Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair.”

― Susan Polis Schutz

"Be healthy and take care of yourself, but be happy with the beautiful things that make you, you."

- Beyoncé

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"Happiness comes in waves. It'll find you again."

- Unknown Author

"When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy."

- Rumi

"The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams."

- Oprah Winfrey

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"Embrace the glorious mess that you are."

- Elizabeth Gilbert

"To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist."

- Oscar Wilde

"It's the little things that make happy moments, not the grand events. Joy comes in sips, not gulps."

- Sharon Draper


Birthday Poems

Rhyming Birthday Messages

If you feel that simple birthday wishes don't go far enough as birthday messages, birthday poems are a great option for you and your loved ones. Below are birthday rhymes you may want to add to a card, an eCard, a text message or a Facebook post.


By Kevin Nishmas

Birthday Messages - 10000+ Unique Birthday Wishes, Poems & Toasts

There are true moments that drive you,
Beautiful scenes that set you free,
Seconds that make a difference,
This is what you gave to me.

There are moments that go nowhere,
Some take you where you need to be,
Most are adventures that change you,
This is what you gave to me.

A moment is all a lost soul craves,
All a young, fiery heart needs,
To burn bright and never burn out,
This is what you gave to me.

Moment by moment we live,
At times inspired, sometimes sad,
All these moments led me to you,
To memories yet to be had.

In one beautiful moment,
A split second for the better,
I received your trust unearned,
Changing my life forever.


By Kevin Nishmas

There's a place where the sun always shines,
Where birds sing a happy tune all the time,
It's a world of fun, color and delights,
Everything's possible, everything's bright.

In this world, there are no worries or fears,
No deadlines, no bills and no tears,
Instead, there are games, candy and toys,
And all kinds of things that bring us joy.

You can fly like a bird, or swim like a fish,
Climb a mountain or make a big wish,
Dance like a monkey or sing like a star,
Or do anything else, no matter how bizarre.

So come and join me in this world of fun,
And let's make the most of what we've begun,
For life is too short to be taken too seriously,
Here, we can sing and dance, so deliriously.


By Kevin Nishmas

Today's a special day, it's true,
A day that's meant for only you,
It's your birthday, time to celebrate,
So let's have fun, let's not be late.

Another year has come and gone,
But don't you worry, don't be forlorn,
For every year that passes by,
You get wiser, you grow, you fly.

May all your wishes come true today,
May happiness be here to stay,
You deserve the very best, it's true,
Happy birthday, <Name>, we love you.


By Kevin Nishmas

There's a cat I know who loves to dance,
She boogies and sways at every chance,
With her paws in the air, her tail in a curl,
She dances all day and gives it a whirl.

She spins and twists, runs, hops and jumps,
And lands on her feet with a mighty thump,
Her fur flies to and fro, her whiskers twitch,
As she dances to the beat, without a hitch.

The birds in the trees tweet along,
And the squirrels sing their own song.
The whole forest comes alive with sound,
As the cat dances on, without slowing down.

And when the sun sets in the sky,
The cat pauses and lets out a sigh,
But with a tired smile and a gentle purr,
She heads back to bed, the day a blur.

For this cat knows life's too short, too good,
Not to live every second all you could,
So she dances on and on, with all her might,
And lives each day, like it's her last night.


By Kevin Nishmas

The sun shines bright, the sky is blue,
Birds sing sweetly, all things anew,
A gentle breeze flows through the air,
Bringing with it a sense of care.

The world's imbued with joy and love,
Beneath the heavens high up above,
The flowers bloom in every hue,
A rainbow appears, a lovely view.

The children laugh, shout, run and play,
A happiness that's here to stay,
The parents watch, with loving eyes,
As the little ones enjoy their lives.

Friends gather 'round to share a meal,
A bond that's strong they truly feel,
The warmth of love, the peace of mind,
In every heart, a light that shines.

So let us all embrace this day,
With love and hope, in every way,
For life is precious, and so are we,
Let's live it fully and happily!


By Kevin Nishmas

The sun is shining bright and clear,
A brand new day is home and here,
The world's full of endless possibility,
A truly happy place for you and me.

The birds are chirping in the trees,
A gentle breeze floats on the breeze,
The sky is painted blue and wide,
A perfect day not to be denied.

The flowers in the garden bloom,
A burst of color and sweet perfume,
Their beauty fills the air with glee,
A happy sight for all to see.

The joy of living is all around,
A peaceful feeling that can be found,
In every moment, big and small,
Happiness is waiting for us all.

So let us embrace this happy day,
And dance along life's merry way,
For in this moment all is bright,
And happiness is our guiding light.


By Kevin Nishmas

Golden rays of sunshine stream,
Through leaves that rustle in the breeze,
A chorus of birdsong fills the air,
In this moment flowers dance with flair.

A smile upon my face appears,
As happiness dispels my fears,
And all my troubles fade away,
In this moment I'm here to stay.

The world's full of wondrous things,
From soaring birds to babbling springs,
So what if life's less up than down,
In this moment our hearts are found.

So let us savor every day,
And cherish each hour come what may,
For life's fleeting but oh so sweet,
In this moment it's ours to unleash.

So let us live, love, laugh and play,
And make the most of every day,
For right here and now all's well,
In this moment we shall always dwell.


By Kevin Nishmas

In every heart, there is a flame,
A spark of hope that burns the same,
It flickers bright, it dances wild,
A spirit fierce, a soul beguiled.

Though winds may blow and darkness fall,
The flame endures, it stands tall,
It sparks a light, a glowing ember,
A spark that none can quite remember.

The flame ignites a fire bright,
That burns within both day and night,
It fuels the strength to carry on,
To chase the dreams that light the dawn.

Through every trial, every pain,
The flame within will still remain,
For though the storm may shake us so,
The flame endures, and helps us grow.

So let the flame within you shine,
And guide you on with a light divine,
Let it burn bright and never die,
And see the world with an open eye.

For though the path may twist and turn,
The flame within will help you learn,
To find the way that's meant to be,
And live a life that's wild and free.


By Kevin Nishmas

The road ahead may seem unclear,
With twists and turns that bring us fear,
But there's a light that shines so near,
And gives us strength to persevere.

For life is like a winding path,
With valleys low and mountains vast,
But every step we take at last,
Can lead us to a brighter cast.

Although the journey may be tough,
And trials come that make it rough,
There's always hope strong enough,
To guide us through the awful stuff.

So chase your dreams with all your heart,
And never let fear drown your art,
For you were made to play your part,
And shine your light from the start.

As you face the world each day,
Repeat the words you long to say,
That you were born to lead the way,
And make a difference come what may.

Rise now above your doubts and fears,
Let your courage erase the tears,
For you were made of all that's dear,
So you can do it, have no fear.


By Kevin Nishmas

When life presents its many trials,
And all around seems bleak and vile,
When troubles rise like endless miles,
And doubts and fears begin to compile.

It's then we must look deep within,
And find the strength to rise again,
For in each of us, there lies a kin,
A light that shines from deep within.

We must embrace that light each day,
As we continue to forge our way,
Through every challenge and delay,
And fill our hearts with hope and play.

For life is but a precious gift,
A journey that can often shift,
Even with our hearts and spirits adrift,
We'll still find the courage to uplift.

So let us run with arms held high,
And never fear to reach the sky,
For in ourselves we can rely,
And make our wild dreams fly.

And as we face each new sunrise,
May passion and purpose fill our eyes,
And guide us on to reach new highs,
And leave our doubts and fears behind.


By Kevin Nishmas

Birthday Messages - 10000+ Unique Birthday Wishes, Poems & Toasts

Getting older is not so bad,
Nor is a wrinkle or two,
Slowing down is relaxing,
Nothing's wrong with you.

You look simply amazing,
Nobody can call you gruff,
You're a hero to us all,
You have the right stuff.

Today is your special day,
It just came out of the blue,
May you always be so blessed,
A very happy birthday to you.


By Kevin Nishmas

Another year has come and gone,
But here you are, still standing strong,
And though time may pass, you remain,
A shining light, come shine or rain.

Your life is like a work of art,
A masterpiece, a thing apart,
With each passing year, you grow,
Into someone we all admire and know.

On this special day, we celebrate,
The life you live, the person you are,
And as we raise a glass and toast,
We send you wishes from our heart.

May your journey be forever bright,
Filled with love, laughter and delight,
And may you know, beyond all doubt,
That in our hearts, you'll always count.


By Kevin Nishmas

On this day, the world rejoices,
As another year of your life unfolds,
With every moment, your light voices,
A  song that soothes, both young and old.

As the sun rises in the morning sky,
And you sing a song of joy,
We pause to celebrate and testify,
To the wonder that is you, our dear boy.

Your laughter rings like a melody,
That brightens up even the darkest day,
For your kindness and empathy,
Have the power to make everything okay.

With every year that passes by,
You become more precious and rare,
And although we cannot help but sigh
At the fleeting moments we must share.

We know that as long as you're here,
Our world will be a brighter place,
And we'll hold close and cherish dear
Every moment, every smile, every embrace.

So happy birthday, dear one,
May your heart be filled with love and light,
And may you always know that you've won
The love of all who know you by sight.


By Kevin Nishmas

Birthday Messages - 10000+ Unique Birthday Wishes, Poems & Toasts

Let's get out the balloons,
Let's bring out the cake,
Let's blow out the candles,
Let's really celebrate.

You deserve to be happy,
You have it coming your way,
You deserve to be loved,
Since it's your special day.

Happy birthday!


By Kevin Nishmas

A birthday comes just once a year,
A time for laughter, love and cheer,
A day to mark another spin,
Around the sun, so let's begin!

With cake and candles, presents too,
A time for friends and family who
Will gather 'round to celebrate,
And make your day truly great.

Blow out your candles, make a wish,
And savor every single dish,
Enjoy the love that fills the air,
A special day for all to share.

Another year of life complete,
May it be filled with joy so sweet,
And as you journey through the years,
May true joy replace all your fears.


By Kevin Nishmas

Happy birthday to you, dear friend,
May your day shine from start to end.
May all your wishes come true,
And may your heart be filled with love anew.

On this special day, let us celebrate,
With laughter, song and a cake to decorate.
Let us dance, sing and cheer,
And make memories that will last for years.

May you find joy in every moment,
Doing the things that make you content.
May you find success in all that you do,
And may your troubles be few.

Happy birthday, dear friend of mine,
May every hour be fun and kind.
May your life be filled with joy galore,
And may you be happy forevermore.


By Kevin Nishmas

Birthday Messages - 10000+ Unique Birthday Wishes, Poems & Toasts

Here's to a special birthday,
A day you'll never forget,
Filled with joy, love and laughter,
Your very biggest birthday yet.

Even when your big day's done,
And everyone's out the door,
I'll be there to honor you,
There's nothing I'd like more.


By Kevin Nishmas

Today is a day to celebrate,
Another year you have thrived.
Let's raise a toast to your fate,
A future with no limits, full of drive.

You're a gem that shines so bright,
A source of joy and inspiration.
May your path be forged with light,
Leading you to your heart's destination.

Sing youth's song and make a wish,
Hope for a life so cherished, so true.
May your life be imbued with bliss,
And your heart be forever renewed.


By Kevin Nishmas

Today's a day to celebrate,
Another year left to fate,
Another start at the gate,
Another journey that awaits.

Another song, another dance,
To learn, to grow, to take a stance,
To follow dreams and find romance,
That speaks to your heart at a glance.

Embrace the day with a smile,
Life is precious a little while,
Embrace each moment, each mile,
Through every triumph and every trial. 

Happy birthday, my dear friend,
May your journey never end,
May your heart always mend,
And may your soul forever ascend.


By Kevin Nishmas

On your special day, I want to convey,
How much I adore you in every way,
You light up my life with all your heart,
I knew you were special from the start.

With each passing year, you grow kind,
Your gentle spirit and joy never far behind,
May this birthday bring you all you desire,
The sweetest of dreams to always inspire.

You deserve nothing but the best,
Nobody deserves it more, I will attest,
So enjoy your day with love and cheer,
And know that I hold you so very dear.


Birthday Toasts

Birthday Messages For Toasts

The best birthday messages for birthday celebrations with friends and family are birthday toasts. Unless you're the host of the party, you should really stick to short toasts (less than one minute). Below are short birthday toasts you can use.

Birthday Messages - 10000+ Unique Birthday Wishes, Poems & Toasts

If our journey through life is more important than our ultimate destination, I'm glad I had the chance to take to the road with you and see the sights.

Happy birthday to the best traveler this world has ever known.

I would like to paraphrase what John Barrymore, a great actor of stage and screen, once said, "Joy frequently comes to you through a door you long forgot you ever left open."

You have left so many doors open — so much so you should have never-ending moments of joy day after day.

May today bring you the most joy. Happy birthday.

For your toast, I thought I'd do a nice rhyme. Yet when I sat down to write it, I ran out of time.  

So I thought I'd quit and just wish you "Happy Birthday." But I could not keep my guilt at bay. 

I tried again and these very words broke through: "You're finer than the finest this world has to offer. Here's to you."

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There are so many ways, in so many languages, to say what you've taught me about love.

But the French say it best: "Aimer, ce n'est pas se regarder l'un l'autre, c'est regarder ensemble dans la même direction."

This means "Love doesn't mean gazing at each other, but looking, together, in the same direction." 

So I must love you in the truest sense. Happy birthday!

Here's to a person who can inspire anyone to believe in themselves, love themselves and, ultimately, change their life for the better...all with a good ear, true words of wisdom and a heart of gold.

That person is my best friend and my hero. You. Happy birthday!

Wherever you go, you always come bearing gifts. You give hope. You give strength. You give love. You are one of a kind...truly a gift.

On behalf of everyone here, I would like to raise my glass and offer a toast: Thank you for your guidance, your wisdom and your love. Happy birthday! 


Birthday Speeches

Birthday Messages For Speeches

If you are the host of a upcoming birthday celebration, you may want to prepare a birthday speech for the occasion. Below is, for illustrative purposes, a 50th birthday speech sample for a religious man.

Your birthday speech does not have to be religious in tone or manner, just suitable for the recipient. In fact, you could remove these elements altogether and deliver a speech that still pays tribute to somebody turning 50.

[Looking at your audience]

Welcome, everybody. Before I say a few words about my wonderful brother, Peter*, I would like to thank you for helping us celebrate his 50th birthday. We really appreciate that you took the time to be here. Tonight wouldn't be nearly as amazing without you!

[Looking at the birthday boy and guests]

It is hard to find the right words to express how much Peter has added to my life, all our lives, in fact, for so many years…but that won't...

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Hints & Tips

What is the best message for a birthday?

The best message for a birthday follows the KISS (Keep It Sweet & Sincere) rule. Here are some of the best birthday messages you can use in a card or text:

  • Happy birthday! May today be filled with all blessings and joy you can handle.
  • Happy birthday! You are the brightest spot in the lives of so many. May your life be filled to the brim with love and laughter. 
  • Let's raise a glass to another year of your life, and may this birthday be only the start of all the happiness and success you desire. 
  • Sending lots of love, laughter and good wishes your way. I hope you have an unforgettable birthday celebration. 
  • Thank you for always being there for me, through the best and worst of times. May your birthday be as wonderful and special to you as you are to me. 
  • May your birthday be filled with beautiful memories and moments that stay with you forever. 
  • Happy birthday! Here's to celebrating all that you and your life represent—friendship, generosity, devotion, success and more.
  • May all of your dreams come true today and always, and may the stars always sparkle with joy just for you. 
  • Enjoy your special day, and know that someone as amazing as you deserves nothing but the best, today and all your tomorrows!

What are some short awesome birthday messages?

All awesome short birthday messages have two things in common: they're simple and genuine. Even a short note  or a wish for  a great day can mean more just a "Happy Birthday." To help you get started, here are a few short and awesome birthday messages for inspiration:

  • May every birthday wish you have come true!
  • Today's your birthday, so celebrate you!
  • Wishing you unforgettable birthday full of memories!
  • Let's celebrate every year you've blessed this world!
  • Enjoy your birthday to the fullest (and then some)!
  • Have an epic birthday!
  • Hope the year ahead brings you true happiness!
  • Happy birthday, you deserve 24 hours of pure joy!
  • Happy birthday to the best of my BFFs (love you lots)!
  • Here's to you, your happiness, your health and your heart of hearts.
  • Best wishes for many, many, many more birthdays to come!
  • Cheers to another year of life and a lifetime of birthdays!
  • Today's all about you, so let's get your "Happy Birthday" started!
  • Happy birthday! Here's to many more happy trails together!

How do I write happy birthday messages to a special person?

When it comes to writing birthday messages, especially for someone special, many of us struggle with writer's block. Keep in mind that even if the birthday boy or girl knows how much you appreciate them, it's still worthwhile to remind them on their special day. Below are some perfect birthday messages for that special someone:

  • By simply being yourself, you make each day special. Happy birthday!
  • May your birthday be just as exceptional as you are.
  • You are an incredibly kind, unbelievably fun person. Happy birthday!
  • May your birthday be filled with everything sweet and good (just like you are).
  • We so appreciate your gentle and kind guidance. You're our hero! Happy birthday!
  • Let's celebrate another year of joy and cheer with you. May your life be full of kindness and happiness.
  • You inspire everyone with your pure joy and boundless positivity, touching so many lives. Happy birthday!
  • Happy birthday, may all your deepest, most meaningful wishes and dreams come true. 
  • Happy birthday to a truly amazing soul. The world is lucky to have you in it.
  • You lead by example and are a shining light for everyone you know. Happy birthday to a true trailblazer.

What is a unique way to wish someone a happy birthday?

There are many creative ways to say “happy birthday” to someone special. Just wishing somebody “happy birthday” is nice but it's not special. Here are some unique ways to write your birthday messages:

  • Indulge in a slice of delicious birthday cake on me.
  • Take a deep breath and make a wish as you blow out the candles.
  • Eat, drink and be merry on your special day!
  • Savor every bite of your birthday cake and ice cream.
  • Close your eyes, make a wish and blow out those candles!
  • Let loose and have a blast on your birthday!
  • Embrace the moment and live it up on your special day!
  • Here's to another year of amazing memories—cheers!
  • Let's celebrate your birthday like it's a party!
  • Enjoy every moment of your big day!
  • Another year, another candle on the cake!
  • May your birthday be unforgettable and full of joy!
  • Wishing you many happy returns on your special day.
  • Make the most of every moment on your special day!

What do you say in a quick birthday message?

For the important people in your life, a quick and thoughtful birthday message on their special day is the perfect way to show how much you care. Consider using one of these quick happy birthday messages in your card or text message:

  • Have an amazing birthday and an even more amazing year to come.
  • Happy birthday to someone who is smart, imaginative, stylish and funny, rather like myself.
  • Many happy returns! May all your dreams, big and small, be fulfilled.
  • May your birthday be overflowing with joy, laughter, song and dance.
  • May you enjoy a lifetime of your heart's desires. But for now, relish in the moment and enjoy your special day!
  • You are a kind and loving individual who deserves the very best. May your birthday be as fabulous as you are!
  • On your birthday, may you experience the greatest that life has to offer! Happy birthday!
  • May you only know endless joy on this special day, as you celebrate the best thing in life—you!
  • Instead of counting the years, behold the light your candles bring and the cherish the life you have. Happy birthday!
  • Best wishes for a year brimming with love, laughter and song. Happy birthday!

When should you choose birthday wishes as birthday messages?

Choosing birthday wishes as your go-to birthday messages over birthday quotes or birthday poems usually comes down to one reason. And it's a very good reason to go this route. What is it?

The main reason is that birthday wishes are more immediately personal. With them, you can really express yourself with the right kind of birthday messages, right away.

Sure, you can be personal with birthday quotes or birthday poems but they don't have the warm, distinctively personal and immediate flavor of a birthday wish.

You can use "as is", combine or change the examples of birthday wishes on this page and throughout this site to write birthday messages for birthday cards, eCards and/or texts, giving you the opportunity to say "Happy Birthday" the way you want and show that you're thinking about your loved ones on their special day.

All in all, there's no better or faster way to show how much you care about family and friends than with original birthday wishes that express your love (or like a lot) for them — and make them feel special. 

When should you choose birthday poems as birthday messages?

Why should you use birthday poems as your go-to birthday messages over birthday wishes or quotes? Sometimes, a poem is a better way to go when you have a certain focus and/or emotion in mind. 

When you want a specific focus, something very personal, or a more emotional tone, something truly and deeply inspirational, for your birthday greeting, birthday poems make the best birthday messages. 

Birthday poems are probably the best way to give your loved ones the "feels" on their birthday. Sure, songs are also full of emotion but they're really just poems set to music. 

Because poems are packed with emotion, you can almost hear music playing in the back of your mind when you read them. Like music, they almost speak to your very soul. That's what makes them such great birthday messages.

Although birthday poems are good birthday messages for cards, eCards and texts, they are absolutely perfect for Facebook, Instagram and Twitter posts. 

For many birthday gals and guys, birthday poems are gifts in themselves, keepsakes to cherish for years and years. Besides, who can resist a poem dedicated to them? Nobody I know.

So when you really want to get personal in a very approachable and emotional way, go for birthday poems.

When should you pick birthday toasts over birthday speeches?

There's a very good time to choose short and sweet birthday toasts over long and deeper birthday speeches. In other words, when do birthday toasts make perfect birthday messages for a birthday celebration?

Personally, I think the best time to use a short and sweet birthday toast (50 words or less) is when you are one of the many guests (say, more than five people) toasting the birthday guy or gal.

When there are two people giving a toast (and nobody expects you to do a speech), use a birthday toast with at least 100 words. If you're the host of the party, you're better off with a birthday speech.

Whether you choose to do a short or long birthday toast, or even a birthday speech, it will be very meaningful for family or friends celebrating their birthday. Plus, they will appreciate the effort you made. And isn't that why you wanted to do a birthday toast or speech in the first place?

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