The Art of the Toast: Toasts and Etiquette for Any Occasion
Where there are cocktails and drinks, there are usually toasts. :)
We always try to offer a toast when we are entertaining, even if it's just to say thank you to those that brought food or maybe it's something to honor the fact that we are all together around the table. Whatever the occasion, the toast is always one of my favorite parts of the meal. It brings our attention back to the reason we're together and almost always leaves me feeling grateful for the experience.
If proposing a toast at your next event brings a shiver down your spine, just remember to keep it simple. A prepared speech isn't necessary, a simple acknowledgement of the moment and the people around the table is enough to bring us all together. Be funny if that's you, be positive, be kind.
And if you're really stumped on what to say, here's a few classic toasts that we can all raise a glass to!
- Here's to a full belly, a heavy purse, and a light heart.
- Here's to good health, good food, and good people.
- May our house always be too small to hold all our friends.
- My heart is as full as my glass when I drink to you my friends.
- Here's to health, love, money, and the time to enjoy it.
- To friends who feel like family, and family who feel like friends.
And of course, we couldn't have a conversation about toasts without including our Irish friends:
- Cheers to a good laugh and a long sleep - the two best cures!
- To all the days here and after, may they be filled with fond memories, happiness, and laughter.
- Cheers to a cool head and a warm heart.
- As you slide down the banister of life may the splinters never point in the wrong direction,
Now, let's talk toasting etiquette:
- Don't drink until after the clink. And by the way, clinking isn't necessary (but we prefer it in this house). The 'clink' was originally thought to drive away evil spirits. Now we offer our sentiments with just the raising of our glass, no clink necessary.
- It's better to raise an empty glass than not participate in the toast. #rude
- Wait for the host/ess to propose a toast - if they aren't proposing then raise your glass and first toast to the host/ess before continuing with your toast.
- If you are being toasted do not raise your drink.
- Be funny if that's who you are, but not at someone's expense.
- And most importantly...in Europe it's believed that if you don't make eye contact while toasting you will get 7 years bad sex. 7 years people. #lookthemintheeye
The bottom line...toasting is fun! It makes people feel appreciated (you know I love that!), it brings people together, and if given from the heart is a souvenir of the event.
Do you have a traditional toast at your table? We're not fancy here, in fact "Clark's rule!" might be working it's way into our repertoire. :)