Be prepared with a terrific toast.
- "Another year is dawning! Let it be for better or for worse, another year with thee."
- "Come let us drink!" --Rabelais
- "Here's health to those I love and wealth to those who love me."
- "As we start the New Year,
let's get down on our knees
to thank God we're on our feet."
- "May all your troubles during the coming year be as short as your New Year's resolutions."
- "May the hinges of friendship never rust, nor the wings of love lose a feather."
- "Here's a toast to the future
A toast to the past,
And a toast to our friends, far and near.
The past a bright dream;
May our friends remain faithful and clear."
- "Here's champagne to our real friends,
And real pain to our sham friends."
- "Stir the eggnog, lift the toddy, Happy New Year, everybody." --Phyllis McGinley
- "In the New Year, may your right hand always be stretched out in friendship, but never in want." --Traditional Irish toast
- "Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow ye diet."
- "Let us have wine and women, mirth and laughter,
Sermons and soda-water the day after." --Lord Byron
If none of the above tempt you, consider perennials such as "To you!" and "All the best." Or, for emergencies, memorize this toast from Wallace Irwin:
Additional sources of wit include the book Toasts by Paul Dickson (Crown Publishers, 1991) and the poetry of Dorothy Parker, Mark Twain, and Shakespeare.