Use one or all of the free birthday speech samples on this page as a template to write truly great birthday speeches on your own. Each one will certainly inspire you to come up with the right words for milestone birthday speeches.
BY KEVIN NISHMAS | UPDATED: MAY 25, 2023
Start with the sample birthday speeches below and end up with a great speech for a 16th birthday, 40th birthday, 50th birthday, 60th birthday, 70th birthday, 80th birthday, 90th birthday or 100th birthday celebration.
The birthday speech samples 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 birthday speech samples on this page are a good place to start. To give you even more inspiration, you should also take a quick look at my birthday speechwriting tips.
After looking at my tips and birthday speech samples, you'll be well on your way to best birthday speeches you've ever delivered.
Now let's get started by taking a look at the birthday speech samples below...
This 16th birthday speech sample really hits the mark.
The mother of the 16-year-old birthday girl called to tell me that not only did the audience react the right way in all the right places, but also her daughter loved the speech, from beginning to end.
You can't ask for more than that kind of response. Better yet, it's the type of speech that you can easily adapt for your daughter. Talk about a sweet sixteen!
There's a very simple reason I like this 40th birthday speech sample: it's truly a gift of love from husband to wife, without a hint of condescension.
The husband's sincere appreciation of his wife's inner and outer beauty is, I think, a wonderful ode to the couple's love and his wife's 40th year on this earth.
You can simply change some of the facts to write a 40th birthday speech worthy of your loved one. Let the 40th birthday party begin!
Plus, the husband let me know (via email) that his wife thoroughly enjoyed his speech, which only made him (and me, as the speechwriter) all the happier.
Here are different types of 50th birthday speech samples you can use as inspiration when you craft your 50th birthday speech. Feel free to mix it up a little, combining elements from all three 50th birthday speeches below.
When it comes to birthday speech samples, it's important to show "range" (how far you can go).
For example, below is one 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...
The 50th birthday speech below is a more solemn speech for the brother of the 50th birthday boy, who is a very pious man. This template is ideal for anybody who must pay tribute to a religious birthday boy or girl.
Here are examples of 60th birthday speeches that you can use as a starting point for creating your own 60th birthday speech. Don't hesitate to add your personal touch—simply blend parts from each of the birthday speech samples below that express how you feel.
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).
Here's a variety of 80th birthday speech samples that you can draw from when you put together your own 80th birthday speech. To express exactly how you feel about the birthday boy or girl, simply incorporate parts from each of the 80th birthday speech examples below that feel right to you.
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.
Here are examples of 100th birthday speeches that can serve as your muse when you create your own 100th birthday speech. Don't hesitate to incorporate aspects from each of the 100th birthday speech samples below to make it unique.
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).
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, Mark twain's speech proves that the more personal you get, the better the birthday speech. You can see the video right here.