Just in time for New Year's Eve, I discovered a wonderful little book titled "Toasts You Ought to Know", published in 1908. I figured this will come in handy for many of us who are stumped when called upon to give a toast on New Year's Eve, at a bachelor party, wedding, reunion, or other event during the year.
Because of the era in which it was published, the toasts were all created with men as the "toast-ers." The first one we have would be appropriate for New Year's Eve:
I like how each toast has a little follow-up quip from a famous author beneath it. The next toast is for an all-purpose night out with the boys:
Naturally, there are plenty of toasts about male/female relationships. As we move on throughout the year, perhaps someone in our group will fall in love. We have to have a toast for them:
If you are called upon to make a toast at the wedding, here you go:
Words of warning later on, perhaps if a toast is needed at an out-of-town business convention:
Is there a greater love than loving ones wife? Yes, perhaps there is. A toast for our country:
When all else fails, I always remember a great all-occasion toast Johnny Carson made once on his show: "Over your lips and down your throat, then back over your lips and down your coat."
Happy New Year's Eve, see you in 2013!