It's June, which means party celebrations, weddings, summer holidays, babies and family gatherings. Even if you're not a particularly "Holiday" person, you'll be expected to attend parties, family functions and maybe even speak at some. So it helps to have some idea of what you're going to say and do when the time comes.
Obviously, every toast should be as individual as the celebration you're toasting, but there are some basic guidelines that will help your speech stand out from the rest.
Engagement or Wedding Rehearsal: Keep it brief and sweet. Simple well wishes for the couple are good. Having a quote about love written down to read (or better yet memorize it!) will elicit the "aw"s and make you look sophisticated and refined.
Wedding Reception: If you're at a traditional wedding, the order of the toasts matter. Best man, groom, bride, fathers of the couple and lastly, mothers. If it's non-traditional, just wait until the most important and involved parties speak, and then raise your glass. This is a good time for a short story about the couple, groom or bride, something humorous, but sweet. The time the bride got drunk and went home with three guys from your ultimate frisbee team is probably not the right one, funny though it may be.
Birthdays: For formal, important divisible by five birthdays, be sensitive to someone's age. Or more to the point, know your intended audience. If the person is careful not to say how old they're turning, or just had a chemical peel, just make a good-natured statement about wine getting better with age or a memory of the birthday-ee. If the party is titled "I'm getting old" or a similar jab, you're probably safe to make a botox joke.
Baby or Bridal Shower: For showers, brevity is your friend. Today is all about good things to come. Make a wistful quote about the future and taking time to enjoy the little things, not to take life too fast. If you're married/have children, a short joke may be appropriate, but remember to keep it loving and a story where a lesson can be learned.
A toast should be like the perfect greeting card. It's short, sweet and maybe humorous, but it gets to the point quickly and leaves you feeling warm and fuzzy inside.
What's your go to quote for toasts?