As the first holiday in the calendar year, it’s only natural that there are a lot of New Year’s toasts.
Some toasts help us recall the past year and the remembrance of good times, while others speak to the hope of a new year. And, of course, some combine the two directions — looking backward and forward.
All the best for the year ahead.
Best New Year’s Toasts
1.) May the best of this year be the worst of next.
2.) May all your troubles during the coming year be as short as your New Year’s resolutions.
3.) May the winds of adversity never blow in your door.
4.) Here’s to the bright New Year,
And a fond farewell to the old;
Here’s to the things that are yet to come,
And to the memories that we hold.
5.) May we have a few real friends rather than a thousand acquaintances.
6.) Here’s to you a New Year’s toast, May your joy ne’er see a sorrow’s ghost.
7.) In the year ahead, May we treat our friends with kindness And our enemies with generosity.
8.) May the face of every good news and the back of every bad news be toward us in the New Year.
9.) May we all enter heaven late.
10.) Cheers to the good years.
Fun New Year’s Toasts
11.) Let’s drink to our noble purpose, Then forget it—like always.
12.) Welcome be ye that are here, Welcome all, and make good cheer, Welcome all, another year.
13.) Another year is dawning. Let it be true. For better or for worse, another year with you.
14.) One swallow doesn’t make a summer… but breaks a New Year’s resolution.
15.) The Old Man’s dead. He was okay, maybe, But here’s a health to the brand new baby. Happy 2024!
16.) Let us resolve to do the best we can with what we’ve got.
17.) Bottoms up,
Wear a smile;
Not a frown. Happy New Year!
18.) To our friendship that it always be filled with laughter.
19.) Here’s to eternity—may we spend it in as good company as this night finds us.
20.) That we all may have good luck until we are tired of it.
21.) Whatever you resolve to do,
On any New Year’s Day.
Resolve to yourself to be true
And live—the same old way.
Irish New Year’s Toasts
22.) May the New Year bring summer in its wake.
23.) To a firm hand for a flighty beast, an old dog for the long road, a kettle of fish for Friday, and a welcome for the New Year.
24.) May you have an average year; Better than last year but not as good as next.
25.) May your nets be always full—
Your pockets never empty.
May your horse not cast a shoe
Nor the devil look at your
In the coming year.
26.) May the New Year grant you
The eye of a blacksmith on a nail
The good humor of a girl at a dance
The strong hand of a Priest on his parish.
27.) In the New Year,
May your right hand always be stretched out in friendship,
But never in want.
28.) May the New Year grant you
A clean shirt
A clear conscience
And a ticket to California in your pocket.
29.) Here’s to the health of your enemies’ enemies.
30.) Here’s health and prosperity to you and all your posterity,
And them that doesn’t drink with sincerity
that they be damned for all eternity.
31.) As we start the New Year, Let’s get down on our knees to thank God we’re on our feet. Happy New Year.
New Year’s Cheers
32.) Be at war with your voices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.
33.) Stir the eggnog, lift the toddy, and Happy New Year, everybody.
34.) Don’t worry about the future, The present is all thou hast, The future will soon be present, And the present will soon be past.
35.) Here’s to a full purse, a fresh bottle, and a beautiful face!
Toasts For Other Occasions
You might like these pages with selections for toasts for other occasions.
Delivering a New Year’s Toast
When delivering a toast, the person stands, raises a glass, and asks other members of the gathering for their attention. Speak loud enough for everyone to hear and deliver with confidence.
At the conclusion of the toast, everyone raises their glasses, clicks them with a neighbor (or two), and drinks. The audience recognizes the toast presenter with a smile, nod, or a few complimentary words.
I hope you enjoyed these New Year’s toasts.
By Mike O’Halloran
Mike is the founder and editor of Greeting Card Poet.
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