Our collection of Thanksgiving toasts provides many ideas as you contemplate sitting down and raising a glass on Turkey Day.
We have options for when you want a heartfelt toast of gratitude and selections when you’re going more for humor. Some are short. And some are long.
There’s something for everyone. Let’s dig in!
Best Thanksgiving Toasts
1.) For turkey braised, may the Lord be praised.
2.) May our pleasures be boundless while we have time to enjoy them.
3.) Here’s to the day when the Yankees first acknowledged Heaven’s good gifts with Thank’ees.
4.) Here’s to the good old turkey
The bird that comes each fall
And with his sweet persuasive meat
Makes gobblers of us all.
5.) O Thou Who has given us so much, mercifully grant us one thing more—a grateful heart.
6.) Bless, O Lord
These delectable vittles,
May they add to the glory
And not to our middles.
7.) When turkey’s on the table laid,
And good things I may scan,
I’m thankful that I wasn’t made
Edgar A. Guest
8.) Here’s to the blessings of the year,
Here’s to the friends we hold so dear,
To peace on earth, both far and near.
9.) Let us toast to our blessings and good fortune on this Thanksgiving Day.
10.) Health to our bodies, peace to our minds, and plenty to our boards.
18th Century Toast
Good Turkey Day Toasts
11.) Here’s to the turkey I’m about to eat and all the turkeys I’ll eat it with.
12.) For the air we breathe,
And the water we drink,
For a soul and a mind with which to think,
For food that comes from fertile sod,
(And) For these and many things, I’m thankful to my God.
Danny Thomas (when he was in 6th grade)
13.) Good pies and strong beer.
Poor Robin’s Almanack, 1695
14.) To full stomachs and Merry Hearts.
15.) The Great American Birds. May we have them where we love them best—the Turkeys on our tables, the Eagles in our pockets.
16.) Thrice welcome the day in its annual round;
What treasures of love in its bosom are found;
New England’s high holiday, ancient and dear,
‘T’would be twice as welcome if twice in a year.
17.) Thanks to the Lord for the good things we eat,
Thanks to the Lord for the home where we meet,
For our parents and wives
And loves of our lives
And the sweetest of sweethearts all sweet.
18.) May your home be too small to hold all your friends.
19.) Be present in all things and thankful for all things.
20.) As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.
John F. Kennedy
21.) Here’s to good friends, never above you, never below you, always beside you.
See some of our Favorite Irish Toasts.
Short Thanksgiving Toasts
22.) My heart is as full as my glass when I drink to you, my friends.
23.) May our homes be a place where friends meet, family gathers, and love grows.
24.) Take everything in moderation, including moderation. Cheers!
25.) To our friends as long as we are able to lift our glasses from the table.
26.) Love to one, friendship to many, and goodwill to all.
27.) It’s around the table that friends understand best the warmth of being together.
(Especially good for a Friendsgiving meal)
28.) Tis hard to tell which is best: music, food, drink, or rest!
29.) All human history attests that happiness for man—the hungry sinner—Since Eve ate apples, much depends on dinner!
See our collection of Christmas toasts.
Inspirational Thanksgiving Cheers
30.) May our wants be so few as to enable us to relieve the wants of friends.
31.) Here’s a turkey when you are hungry,
Champagne when you are dry,
A pretty girl when you are lonely,
And heaven when you die.
32.) At all your feasts, remember too,
When cups are sparkling to the brim,
That there is one who drinks to you,
And oh, as warmly drink to him.
33.) Here’s a toast to all who are here,
No matter where you’re from:
May the best day you have seen
Be worse than your worst to come!
34.) May friendship, like wine, improve as time advances, and may we always have old wine, old friends, and young cares.
35.) To each and all, a fair good night, And pleasing dreams and slumbers bright.
36.) A little health, a little wealth, A little house and freedom, With some few friends For certain ends, But little cause to need ’em.
37.) On the table spread the cloth,
Let the knives be sharp and clean;
Pickles get and salad, both,
Let them each be fresh and green,
With small beer, good ale, and wine,
O, ye gods, How I shall dine!
Tips For Giving a Thanksgiving Toast
Here are some suggestions for your Thanksgiving toast.
A.) Remember the theme of the holiday is gratitude. Express thanks.
B.) Don’t forget to recognize those who helped prepare the meal—a special thanks to the chef.
C.) Keep it short. If you’re still talking after three minutes, the food is getting cold, and you can hear stomachs growl. Avoid this!
D.) Prepare your toast in advance. Know what you’re going to say and practice a couple of times.
E.) Personalize your toast to your audience.
F.) Don’t forget to ask your audience to raise their glasses to start your toast.
G.) At the conclusion of your toast, make it abundantly clear what to do next. A common approach is to say, “Cheers!” and clink glasses with those closest to you.
Toasts For Other Occasions
You might like these pages with selections for toasts for other occasions.
By Mike O’Halloran
Mike is the founder and editor of Greeting Card Poet.
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