Sentimental Birthday Toasts

The warmest sentimental birthday toasts never leave a dry eye in the room. Find the warmest words here. Check out the examples of sentimental toasts on this page. 

By Kevin Nishmas
Updated: January 3, 2024

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May time never turn your hair or your spirit gray. Happy birthday!

May the pleasures of your youth never bring you pain in old age — only joy. Happy birthday!

Let’s all raise our glasses to this lovely lady who is celebrating a major birthday milestone. May you always feel the love of your entire family and all your friends.

Sentimental Birthday Toasts - Heartwarming Birthday Messages

When I was asked to do this toast, I jumped at the chance...and I'm not even all that comfortable doing one. I jumped at the chance because you deserve to be toasted. You are the best brother anyone can ever have. Even when any sane brother would be fed up with the likes of me, you've always been there (and always will be). As much as I pushed you away, you've pushed yourself right back into my life.  That's what makes you so special. That's what makes you the best brother. Here's to you.

I just wanted to take the time today to wish my wonderful mother a happy birthday! My mom is an amazing woman. Her wisdom and unceasing patience have made me the person I am today. The root of everything she has taught me over the years epitomizes one simple thing – love. I love you, Mom. Happy birthday!

Happy birthday! For me, it's an honor to stand here and toast you. You're so special, so wonderful and so kind, and I want everyone in this room to know it. Here's to many more birthdays together. Cheers.

Sentimental Birthday Toasts - Heartwarming Birthday Messages

Once upon a time, you were small enough to hold in my arms. Today, you're at least two heads taller than me and can hold me in your arms. But that's how it should be — your children should reach higher heights than you. Happy birthday, my child.

You are one of a kind — so full of love and joy. You always seem to find time for your family and friends. As we celebrate your birthday, I hope we can show you how much we appreciate everything you do for us. Thank you! Happy birthday! You’re the best!

It is an honor for me to toast you on your special day. It is even a greater honor to call you my sister. I think I speak for everyone in this room when I say, thank you for so boldly and beautifully shining your bright light on the world. May you shine on for years and years! Happy birthday!

Sentimental Birthday Toasts - Birthday Messages

May you be fortunate enough to look back on your life with as much joy as you look ahead to a lifetime of tomorrows. Happy birthday!

Here’s to my dear, caring mother. What do you say to a person who has done thousands upon thousands things for you every day of your life? I know just the right words. Thank you, Mom! Happy birthday! I love you.

May you never make an enemy when you could make a friend, so you only know the joy of friendship the rest of your days. Happy birthday!

Sentimental Birthday Toasts - Heartwarming Birthday Messages

Here's to you, Dad, for all your love, support and patience over the years. You're the best Dad ever. Happy birthday.

May the lights of your life never dim. May they shine forever brighter and brighter. Happy birthday!

May the pearly gates of Heaven open for you years upon years behind schedule. Happy birthday!

Sentimental Birthday Toasts - Birthday Messages

May this birthday be the start of a year that brings you the success you want, the wisdom you need and the happiness you deserve. Happy birthday.

You have been such a blessing to everyone here today. May you be blessed with all the joy, love and light you bring to our and always! Happy birthday.

Just wanted to wish you a very, very happy birthday today! You're one of the most generous, hospitable, encouraging and kindest people I know, and I'm very thankful to have known you my whole life! Happy birthday!

Sentimental Birthday Toasts - Heartwarming Birthday Messages

You have grown into an extraordinary woman. As you celebrate your birthday, I hope you feel all the joy, pride and love we feel for you on this very special day and the rest of your tomorrows. We love you so much!

Friends are a gift from God and your friendship has been a gift that keeps giving joy to everyone in this room.  So our friend, may God bless you with joy every moment of this very special day and your life! Happy birthday!

May your special day give you a taste of how special the rest of your life will be — and may you have whatever it takes to feast on it every moment. Happy birthday! 

Sentimental Birthday Toasts - Heartwarming Birthday Messages

May you lead an amazing life that only becomes more amazing with each passing day...beginning on your birthday, a celebration of the first day you came into this world, amazing everyone!

Here's to you, old friend! May you live one thousand years. And may I live one thousand, less one day, because I couldn't bear knowing  you'd passed away. Happy birthday!

I want to raise a toast to a loving father, a supportive brother, a caring son, a loyal friend and one heck of a man, who deserves only the best in life. Happy birthday!

May you live respected and die regretted. Happy birthday, old friend.

May the very worst of your tomorrows be far better than the very best of your yesterdays. Happy birthday!

May your life be filled with journeys that nourish your soul, experiences that broaden your mind and love that fills your heart, starting today. Happy birthday!

Sentimental Birthday Toasts - Birthday Messages

I would like to make a toast. It's not just to the amazing friend you've always been — it's also to the amazing friendship we will always have and the amazing memories we will continue to make together! Happy birthday!

Here's a birthday toast to my old friend and the good old days, which we are still having right now! Happy birthday!

May you always savor the warmth of good wine, good friends and good memories. Happy birthday!

Sentimental Birthday Toasts - Birthday Messages

May we both be alive, well and living large on this special day in a decade from now, only to make this very same toast. Happy birthday, old friend!

Here's to an incredible birthday of an incredible person who has been an incredible friend I've made incredible memories with.

Here's to you, my good friend...May your birthday and every other day of your lifetime be filled with everything you need to keep you warm on cold evenings and cool on hot nights. 

I'd like to raise a glass not only to you and your special day, but also to your friendship. I've been through many ups and downs in my life but you've always been there to keep my head above water. Thanks. You're a real friend. Happy birthday!

I would like to toast you in celebration of your birthday. You’ve always been a kind, humble and generous colleague. I hope you're having a truly special day.

Old wine is the best to drink. It's even better when you drink it with old friends. And better still when you toast your best friend with it. Here's to you! Happy birthday.

Hints & Tips

How do you write sentimental birthday toasts?

The best sentimental birthday toasts have one thing in common: there's not a dry eye in the room when they're done. That’s exactly the kind of toasts you want for the birthday boy or girl.

The key to writing sentimental birthday toasts is your ability to add three vital ingredients to the mix: love, compassion and nostalgia.

Just how much love, compassion and nostalgia should be in your toast is up to you (and what you think your loved ones will appreciate on their special day).

With the right blend of love, compassion and nostalgia, you can move the birthday boy or girl, and every other person in the room, to tears. Really.

At a birthday celebration, who can resist a heartwarming tribute? Nobody. But how heartwarming should your toast be? 

  • Your sentimental birthday toasts should give you the latitude to fully express your feelings for the birthday boy or girl, making him or her feel very special and, most importantly, loved.
  • Your sentimental birthday toasts shouldn't give you the latitude to be too personal, making some people (even the birthday gal or guy) uncomfortable or, worse, sick to anyone's stomach.
  • Look at the birthday cards or eCards you've gotten from the birthday boy or girl for signs of exactly how sentimental you can go.

For ideas, check out the examples of the sentimental birthday toasts on this page.

How do I deliver the best sentimental birthday toasts?

Need some toast delivery tips? If so, check out what the Wall Street Journal has to say on this subject. Go ahead! You'll find really helpful hints on delivering the very best sentimental birthday toasts.

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