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45 of Our Favorite New Year's Toasts

Celebrate the new year with these delightful, thoughtful and funny toasts

By Heidi Raschke

Whether you want to make your guests laugh or keep them on their toes, inspire them or simply wish them well, you can be the toast host with the most. We've gathered 45 of our favorite New Year's toasts here. Feel free to use — and make your own — as you see fit. And a very happy new year to all of our Next Avenue readers!

New Year's Toasts
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To a Bright Future

  • In the new year, may your right hand always be stretched out in friendship, but never in want. (Unknown)
  • May all your troubles last as long as your new year’s resolutions. (Unknown)
  • Here's a toast to the future, a toast to the past, and a toast to our friends, far and near. (Unknown)
  • May the future be pleasant, the past a bright dream, and may our friends remain faithful and dear. (Unknown)
  • May the best day of your past be the worst day of your future. (Unknown)
  • May your troubles be less, and your blessings be more. And nothing but happiness come through your door. (Unknown)
  • Here's to a 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. (Unknown)
  • The past is always tense, the future perfect. (Zadie Smith)
  • Never regret. If it's good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s experience. (Eleanor Hibbert)

To Big Dreams

  • The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. (Eleanor Roosevelt)
  • You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. (C.S. Lewis)

To Being Better People

  • Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man. (Benjamin Franklin)
  • For last year’s words belong to last year's language. And next year's words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning. (T.S. Eliot)
  • Ring out the old, ring in the new, Ring, happy bells, across the snow: The year is going, let him go; Ring out the false, ring in the true. (Alfred Lord Tennyson)
  • Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing. (Abraham Lincoln)
  • Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. (Søren)
  • May your giving hand never fail you. (Unknown)
  • The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion. (Albert Einstein)

To a Long Life

  • May we all be alive at this same time next year. (Unknown)
  • May the Lord keep you in the palm of His hand, and never close His fist too tight! (Unknown)
  • May you live as long as you want and never want as long as you live. (Unknown)
  • May the new year help to make us old. (Unknown)

To a Happy Life

  • May your neighbors respect you, trouble neglect you, the angels protect you, and heaven accept you. (Unknown)
  • Here's to a long life and a merry one. A quick death and an easy one. A pretty girl and an honest one. A cold beer — and another one! (Unknown)
  • With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come. (William Shakespeare)

To Love and Friendship

  • May the hinges of friendship never rust, nor the wings of love lose a feather. (Unknown)
  • Here's health to those I love and wealth to those who love me. (Unknown)
  • May our friends remain faithful and clear. (Unknown)
  • Here's champagne to our real friends, and real pain to our sham friends. (Unknown)
  • In the new year, may your right hand always be stretched out in friendship, but never in want. (Unknown)
  • Merry met and merry part, I drink to thee with all my heart. (Unknown)
  • Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much. (Oscar Wilde)
  • Another year is dawning! Let it be for better or for worse, another year with thee. (Unknown)
  • It's the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter. (Marlene Dietrich)

To Being in the Moment

  • Youth is when you're allowed to stay up late on New Year's Eve. Middle age is when you're forced to. (Bill Vaughn)
  • Welcome be ye that are here. Welcome all, and make good cheer. Welcome all, another year. (Unknown)

To Making Merry

  • Here's to alcohol: the cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems. (Homer Simpson)
  • Stir the eggnog. Lift the toddy. Happy new year, everybody. (Unknown)
  • Each age has deemed the new-born year the fittest time for festal cheer. (Sir Walter Scott)
  • Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we diet. (Unknown)
  • Let us have wine and women, mirth and laughter, sermons and soda-water the day after. (Lord Byron)
  • In victory, you deserve Champagne, in defeat, you need it. (Napoleon Bonaparte)
  • Alcohol may be man's worst enemy, but the Bible says love your enemy. (Frank Sinatra)
  • One swallow doesn't make a summer, but it breaks a new year's resolution. (Unknown)
  • Come let us drink! (Rabelais)


Heidi Raschke is a longtime journalist and editor who previously was the Executive Editor of Mpls-St. Paul Magazine and Living and Learning Editor at Next Avenue. Currently, she runs her own content strategy and development consultancy. Read More
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