With clever birthday toasts, the last thing you want to do is underwhelm your audience.
Your goal, of course, is to raise a glass to the birthday boy or girl and say a few clever words that will add that "ah-hah" ingredient to the festivities!
This is what makes a "clever" toast clever. That's exactly the kind we serve on this page.
Of course, there are different levels of cleverness...and your job is to find the right one for that someone special celebrating a birthday. Mainly, you don't want to be too clever or not clever enough with your toast. To pick one that's perfect, check out Message Guy Tip #59 right below.
Message Guy Tip #59: How to choose clever birthday toasts...
Puns and turns of phrases are clever. That's what makes "clever" birthday toasts — and the toasts on this page — so "ah-hah" clever. Since every birthday message in this section has both puns and turns of phrases, picking the right "clever" toast comes down to one thing. In my opinion...
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It comes down to what you want to say...and how you want to say it. That's because most people, who like to indulge in a little mental gymnastics every once and awhile, love clever toasts in any form. But how clever should the toast you choose be?
Since clever toasts can be clever and funny, clever and inspirational, even clever and sentimental, the style of the toast itself and the style you want to use for your delivery come into play.
If you would like to inject a little humor into your birthday message, go the "funny" route. If you want your toast to make a point, go "inspirational." Want to be cleverly heartfelt? Go "sentimental." The bottom line? Since your toast needs to speak from the heart — your heart — you need to be comfortable with the style of your toast.
Of course, skip this entire section if a clever toast is not a favorite of the birthday girl or boy. Remember: some people prefer a simple “happy birthday” or just a funny, inspirational or sentimental toast over a “brain-teaser.”
As you go forth from this birthday, remember always that if you cannot be with the one you love, love the wine you're with. Don't be angry, don't be sad — just love the wine you're with.
May your voyage through life be as happy and free as the dancing waves of the deep blue sea...and may you ride the crest of these waves the rest of your days. Happy birthday!
Happy birthday! May you stay much too young at heart to ever be old in my eyes.
So what if you're another year older. Think of it this way: Technically, at this very moment, you're not even a day older than yesterday, so cheers to your birthday and the best days of your life yet to come!
May your past be dim, may your future be bright and may today be the light that guides you. Happy birthday!
May you have the hindsight to dwell only on the best moments, the foresight to live in the moment and the insight to see beauty in every moment. Happy birthday!
The message below is one of those clever birthday toasts that should resonate with your audience. Why?
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This is one of my top picks because it takes an often-quoted toast ("Dance as if no one were watching, sing as if no one were listening and live every day as if it were your last.") and turns it on its ear (in this case, your audience's ears). It makes you look at life a little differently. It's more about the "we" in life than the "I" (that's what makes it one of those clever birthday toasts that will resonate with your audience). ◄ Read less
May you always dance as if everyone were dancing with you, sing in a chorus of thousands and live each day as if it were your first, full of joy, wonder and blissful innocence. Happy birthday!
It's clever to keep looking! You'll find more clever birthday toasts here...
Happy birthday! May you live to wholeheartedly follow your bliss, and follow your bliss to live wholeheartedly.
Happy birthday. May you always walk on a path lined with happy moments at every bend and a destination filled with love, peace and fulfillment.
May the doctor never earn even a cent from you. To your good health! Happy birthday!
Kevin, the "Message Guy" who writes the birthday wishes, quotes, poems, toasts and speeches for this site, has been a professional writer, editor and translator for more than 25 years. He decided to create BirthdayMessages.net in 2012 to share his passion for birthday and "unbirthday" quotes on the best day of the year — your birthday.