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Putting a birthday speech together can be a very daunting process, especially if you have to write it for someone else.

Like many of us, unless you have a natural talent, it’s not uncommon to go blank when it comes to this topic. The usual spiel of thanking everyone and telling them to enjoy their night is satisfactory though can be quite boring and leave everyone yawning.

But dont worry, by following these easy tips and examples of speeches, you will be able to ensure your birthday speech is one that captivates your audience and makes the moment a memorable one.

5 tips to help you with your next birthday speech

1. write it all down.

Take a few moments to list all the qualities and funny moments in dot points to give you an understanding of what you want to highlight. After listing them all down, take the time to elaborate on the points.

2. Find a sample speech that works

Find a sample birthday speech that you feel is suitable for the occasion. Use the points and information that you had written previously and incorporate them into the sample speech. By using the sample speech as a template, you have the benefit of following a proven recipe. It allows for the speech to be structured so it becomes fluent and highlights your points more concisely.

3. Engage your audience

Add humor to the speech to captivate your audience with a few laughs to enhance the vibe of the event. Not sure what to add? Why not take a moment to ask a close friend or relative of some funny moments they have experienced with the birthday person. If the stories are not suitable or non existent, then consider looking up some great one liners and add them into your speech to lighten the mood.

Your aim is to ensure the audience is actively engaged in your speech by focusing on the qualities of the birthday person which they can relate to. Bringing up memorable stories which highlight great times or milestones helps to resonate qualities of the birthday person and Incorporating a story or two can also make a point of enhancing the qualities which resonates what that person is really about.

4. Show sincerity

Towards the end of the speech, mention a few kind words to show them that you care. Thank everyone for coming, especially those who helped out in organising the event.

5. Keep it short

When people are at a party, they tend to have a short attention span and that’s if they haven’t had a drink yet. A speech which is between 2-5 minutes long is more than sufficient. By keeping it short, deep and meaningful, you can be sure to have your audience’s attention.

How to give a birthday speech – From friend to guest of honor

Here are a few examples of free birthday speeches for your next occasion:

Birthday speech example 1 – Thank you speech

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Firstly I would like to thank you all for coming to celebrate this milestone with me. I am not one to come out and say a speech, this is actually the first for me. Normally I would shy off, though I feel today is a time where it must be done.

The reason why you are all here is that in one way or another, you have been apart of my life and moulded me to the person I am today. I would truly like to thank you all for that.

I would like to thank both my mom and dad for not only putting up with me but being there when it counted and making me who I am. Thank you! Also to those who I have grown up with and have helped me over the years, you know who you are… I can say that I am truly blessed to have you all in my life!

Last but not least, I need to say thank you to everyone who has helped to set up and make today happen. Now that’s enough of me saying thank you. I hope everyone enjoys themselves. Lets all have a drink and have a great time.

Birthday speech example 2 – Thank you speech

I want to take a moment to say thank you for everyone who has come down to come celebrate this birthday with me. It means a lot that you have all taken the time and I must say that I am blessed to have each and every one of you in my life. Thank you

Birthday speech example 3 – Thank you speech

A birthday is very important to a child. The cake, the candles and gifts are something which they which they look forward to weeks on end. As we get older, we begin to realize that more important than materialistic things are the things we celebrate to those who are most closest to us. I would like to say thank you for not only your best wishes and lovely gifts but for being here and making it the night that it is. Thank you.

Birthday speech example 4 – Coming of age and gratitude

I have to say that I am not one to perform any birthday speeches though with the amount of work which was put into making this night and the sheer turnout of people, I simply could not live with myself if I didn’t at least say a few words.

I would like to give a big shout out to all people involved it the planning of this special day of mine. As you all can see, a lot of time and effort has been spent to make this venue look beautiful and I am truly appreciative. Thank you.

For all of you who made the effort to come down here and celebrate this milestone of mine. I could not be happier as all of you in one way, shape, or form have shaped me to be the person I am today and for that I am eternally grateful. Through good times and bad, through sickness and in health, I have been supported and guided every step of the way and that has only reassured to me what really matters in life.

I have been quick to learn that all the flashy and shiny things in life slowly begin to fade, though the one thing that continues to shine in my world is the true connections and relationships I have formed with my family and friends.

So enough about all this sentimental nonsense. It’s time to put the music back on and get everyone back on this dance floor. Thank you all for coming and I hope you enjoy the night. Thank you!

Birthday speech example 5 – Coming of age

So whilst I am up here talking about this amazing day today we are celebrating, I have to say all the beautiful memories don’t I? Wrong. All I remember is the most embarrassing moments because I laughed so hard my glasses fell off my head, then I wasn’t too happy because I had to buy new ones.

So where do I start, my memory isn’t the best the older I get, that’s why my wife makes me do a crossword puzzle a day. Little does she know that I cheat from the answers on the bottom of the cross word page Ha-Ha. So as I get older and reflect, I would have to say best moments through out my life would have to be drawn to three main beautiful ones.

First would be marrying this beautiful lady I call my cook… I mean wife Ha-Ha.

Second would be becoming a father to these beautiful children standing in front of me, I am blessed to have the opportunity to raise these amazing children of mine and have never been more proud.

And thirdly, to the many people here today celebrating my birthday. I would not be the person standing here before you if it weren’t for each and everyone of you shaping me to who I am today.

I felt like writing this speech took me few minutes though I was told I was writing for most of the bloody day! Ha-Ha.

Thank you everyone for coming here today and celebrating this unforgettable night with me celebrating another year younger.

Birthday speech example 6 – For partner

Let’s face the truth. Some of us are not the best when it comes to remembering birthdays, but there is no way I could forget the birthday for the one I love. We are all here today to celebrate because (Name) has touched our lives in one way or another.

Today I want to openly say how much they mean to me. This is their birthday, and birthdays are supposed to be days which stand out in life. So (Name), I want to say thank you for being so caring over the years and making me so proud to be your partner.

Birthday speech example 7 – Birthday speech for husband

To the superman in my life. Happy birthday! Words are unable to express the amount of love I have for you. For anyone who knows you, knows how much of a kind hearted and bubbly character you are. Your generosity and strong nature are unlike no other I have ever met.

From when you came over to me over 20 years ago to ask me for my number, to building a strong relationship, falling in love, creating an incredible family, and now celebrating this milestone of yours today. It seems like a fairytale dream where I need to pinch myself every so often to believe that it is all true.

To all of you that have made the time to make it here tonight, thank you all for coming. Only people who were important to his life are here and it’s amazing how many people are actually here tonight.

Now back to my loving husband, on your birthday tonight, I want you to enjoy it without a care in the world, because a man like you deserves to be spoilt once in awhile. Happy birthday my love, may you continue to live with passion.

Birthday speech example 8 -Birthday speech for wife

To one of the most sexiest, beautiful, most amazing person apart from myself… Ha-Ha! To my incredible wife. I am unable to express how surreal it feels to have fallen in love and married such a beautiful soul. Never would I ever have thought i’d be so lucky to have such an angel like you in my life. Your smile, your character, your loving nature are just the tip of the iceberg of the many things you possess.

For all who are lucky enough to know her, understand that she is one who would do more for others than she would for herself. A quality which i’m sure we all agree is very rare these days. She always looks to see the positive in life, no matter how dark and gloomy things may be, something which she has allowed for me to adopt which has changed my life dramatically for the better, and i’m sure many others who are also here tonight.

To those who made the effort to come here today and celebrate this beautiful day today, thank you. You have made this day memorable and something i’m sure my wife will never forget. Now the party is still not over, so all of you grab a glass of champagne, and let’s party on well into the night as we celebrate this girls beautiful birthday.

Birthday speech example 9 – From mother to child

From changing your nappies to feeding you every time you cry, to making your favorite food which was always apple pie. The memories I have shared with you while growing up by your side, it was well worth the struggles and bumpy rides.

I look at you know and can’t stop smiling, for a beautiful grown boy/girl that you have become, no matter what you will always be my baby boy/girl, happy birthday and may this be another memory you will never forget like they first day we met. When you were born on this special day.

Birthday speech example 10 – 1 st birthday speech from mother

Even though your only one and you’re probably staring at me thinking what it this lady doing, my feeding time is soon. I am going to say this speech in front of all the family friends that are gathered here today to celebrate my child’s 1st birthday, where the fun times just keep getting better and better.

I remember the first day that I felt so sick and then after that my pants wouldn’t fit. I started eating everything in sight and my pantry would always start full and now and by night there was nothing left to right. After that I couldn’t sleep and I would become a grump in the morning which was nothing of the unusual Ha-Ha.

Then my feet started to swell jeez now I can’t find shoes that will fit well. So after all that complaining and whining, the day came where you were brought into this world. Your father had fainted, which was nothing unusual and all I cared about was that you were finally out!

Now, as we celebrate your 1st birthday, you don’t understand anything right now, but when you do I’ll be saying another speech like this to embarrass you. More for the loving mother that I am to make sure you never forget something so important like this day.

Birthday speech example 11 – From father to son

I guess I will start with most that I know and the beautiful things I remember. I was the happiest man when I found out you were a boy, I was filled with joy! Everyday I would buy my little man a different toy, but there was a problem. Instead of playing with them, I would find you out in the garden. Eating dirt, mud, insects and even snails. You weren’t very good at hiding your muddy trails. How sweet and cute that was.

Then you would complain of feeling sick. Sometimes you were so difficult, just like trying to use a chopstick. You would always cry when I tried to feed you, and you loved to pee on me when I tried to change you. You were a sneaky little bugger and you loved to touch. I even remember having to pull you away from someone’s crotch. These are the beautiful memories that I remember.

Though enough with me embarrassing you with these funny times, this is you birthday so let it be filled with great times. So happy birthday to my great son, never forget that you are my number one!

Birthday speech example 12 – From friend

On this milestone that you have achieved, what an honor it is to be sharing this celebration with you. As we all know, this person has been determined since they were little, to strive and be the best they can, no matter what the circumstances were.

As (Insert name) continued to grow and mature, they created beautiful memories by making each moment count and radiating the love filled passions to each one that they came across. Im sure we can all say that we are eternally grateful that you have came into our lives and that you never lose your zest for life as you grow up into adulthood.

We all love you dearly and wish you nothing but the absolute best as that is what you truly deserve. Happy birthday!

Birthday speech example 13 – 21st Funny birthday speech from friend

Can I have your attention. We are all here today to realise something special. Something so worthwhile to celebrate. Something fun, enjoyable and memorable. We have come here together to recognise and share in the joy this moment brings. I am talking about the open bar! Ha-Ha!

On a more serious note, I would like to draw your attention to one of my best of friends whose 21st birthday we are celebrating here tonight. I have known (Insert name) for more than 10 years and during that time, we have had many moments of fun, adventure and as many of you may know, mischief. Whenever together, we always seemed to find a way to get ourselves into trouble.

Just like the time we decided to play a trick on his mom by colouring in his younger brothers face an interesting shade of green. We took the time to make it look realistic and ensured it was with a permanent marker so it couldn’t be easily rubbed off. I remember the look on his mom’s face as she freaked out and rushed the brother to the hospital. After the doctor giving it the once over and explaining to his mom the cause of the problem. I remember her glaring at us in a trance like state. Lets just say I had never seen someones face go that red before. We both found it to be funny at the time though I don’t think he saw the light of day for at least a month after that incident. Ha-Ha

Anyone who knows him, knows that he will go out of his way to ensure everyone is having a laugh. Even at his own expense, he wants to ensure everyone is having a great time.

He has taken on many challenges, and succeeded many times. Not by chance, but by perseverance and heart. Anyone who knows (Insert name), knows he is full of heart.

So on this milestone may you continue to strive for all that you want and just wanted to let you know that I am grateful to have such a great friend like you. Happy Birthday.

Birthday speech example 14 – 21st birthday speech

Yay! Im finally legal! Wow, this has been a long time coming for me, I mean now i can have a drink… Legally! Ha-Ha! Mum doesn’t seem to impressed!

Firstly I’d like to give a massive shout out to my parents, for not only raising such an awesome child, Ha-Ha! But also for making me who I am, and making this beautiful day happen. To my beautiful family members who cooked up all this beautiful food and helped to decorate this place, thank you so much, it looks absolutely beautiful.

To my wacky and crazy friends. You are all a bad influence on me and I thank you for that. Don’t worry mum, i’m only joking… It’s more like the other way around… Ha-Ha! As I get older, I begin to appreciate the significance of true family and friends in one’s life. I have to say that I couldn’t consider myself any luckier to have all of you in my life.

So anyway, let’s get out the champagne and celebrate my 21st birthday!

Birthday speech example 15 – 40th birthday speech

I can’t believe my 30’s have left me… I think it’s about time I started acting more serious and more so, my age… Well, maybe after tonight…

I remember when I was much younger, I would look at someone who was 40 and say to myself, that’s an old person. Now that I have turned the big 4-0! I now realise it was just an old person who was trying to figure out where the hell all the time went! Ha-Ha! I guess time flies when you’re having fun. Well I Know it’s definitely true for me. I’ll tell you why.

Firstly I have an amazing wife who is nothing but a bundle of joy to be around, and is able to always find a way to put a smile on my face.

Secondly I have been blessed with two beautiful boys who are an absolute pain in my ass, Ha-Ha! Though I do love so dearly! Apart from my gorgeous wife, I never thought I would love these boys so much, as much as I do. It must be because they remind me so much of me when I was growing up… Ha-Ha!

And thirdly… To all of you beautiful people standing here before me today. How can I not enjoy having each and every one of you in my life. I mean how lucky can a man get to have such funny, supportive and caring friends. Blessed is the word I use to describe having all of you be apart of my journey through life. Thank you all for being here today. Its is honestly an honour to celebrate this day with all of you here tonight.

Anyway, enough with all this sentimental crap, let’s pump the music back up, all grab a drink and at least let me celebrate being 39 one more time! Ha-Ha! Thank you!

Birthday speech example 16 – 50th birthday speech

Wow, how time flies! It’s only yesterday I can remember starting my first job at McDonalds where I met my best friend. And now I have a glass of champagne in my hand, celebrating my 50th birthday in front of all of you amazing people.

Where do I start? Firstly I need to give a massive shout out to my beautiful wife who made tonight happen. To not only organise all of this, but also keep it a secret from me which I am blown away how much effort she put in. The amount of detail she has put into this venue is incredible. Such an amazing woman, and I mean look at her, even after all these years, she is still a stunner!

To my two boys, I am proud of both of you and must say you are both still a pain in my ass. Must be because you remind me of when I was a kid growing up. Ha-Ha, they do say that karma eventually comes around. I can now understand what I put my parents through when I was growing up! But jokes aside they a great boys and couldn’t wish for any better.

Obviously I need to give a shout out to mum and dad for putting up with me over my younger years. Considering i’m sure many of you agree, I was no angel growing up. I like to think I turned out alright. Ha-Ha! Though I do have to say they were always there for support and was truly blessed to have incredible parents. I love you both.

To all my close family and friends here tonight. Thank you all for coming and most importantly, thank you for being apart of my life. All of you, in one way or another have been apart of my incredible journey of being 50 years on this earth and I wouldn’t want it any way.

So everybody grab a drink and let’s turn this music up, because i’m pretty sure you will all agree that after all these years and crazy memories, who would have known I would have made it this far. Ha-Ha! Thank you all for coming and hope you enjoy your night. Thank you!

Birthday speech example 17 – From daughter to fathers 50th birthday speech

For those of you whose memories are fading or may have had a little too much to drink tonight, we are here to celebrate the birthday of my dad. Fifty years ago today, the world was given a great gift. A gift by the name of (Insert name). The first of three children, my father was and still is, a very funny and generous man. Throughout the years, he has told many of us his overly simplistic, corny jokes which keeps us all laughing to this day. Just earlier he told me a joke and had me giggling like a little girl again. He said “What do you call a cheese that’s not yours? Nacho Cheese!”. I know, corny right? But it still does the job.

I suppose the main reason why we all have a little laugh and look forward to his humor is that he always likes to remind us that life is not meant to be taken too seriously and that laughter helps to keep us grounded. To this day, I have incorporated this philosophy into my life and I am sure all of us look forward to the energy and humor that he gives us.

Married to his high school sweetheart for 28 years, and with two pretty awesome kids, Ha-Ha. Sorry but I had to add that in. He has shown to be the best role model any family could ask for.

He has always been one to lend a helping hand to anyone in need and is not shy to have a casual drink when in good company.

On this birthday, may you enjoy your night and continue to pass on your energy and happiness for many more years to come. Happy birthday dad!

Birthday speech example 18 – 60th birthday speech

I can’t believe that as I stand here before you, I have been on this earth for 60 years. Seems like a long time, though for me, it feels like only yesterday I was celebrating my 21st birthday. I ought to cut out drinking or before I know it, i’ll be 100 soon. Ha-Ha!

For me, I have experienced both the joys and miseries of life and through it all, I have been able to take one thing from it. Regardless of life’s ups and downs, its all about making the most out of each situation and being present in the moment. Because as I get older, I begin to appreciate all of the moments life has to offer and the truth of the matter is that nothing is owed to us. For every day we wake up is a blessing. And as I am now 60 years old and CONSIDERED wise… Ha-Ha! I feel that we should make the most of each passing day, and what better way with both family and loved ones.

Lucky for me, I have been extremely fortunate to have all of my nearest and dearest to me all here tonight and I have to say, I wouldn’t want to have tonight any other way. Although it may be the wine talking, I must say that I love each and everyone of you here tonight… Especially the caterer, the food served here has been delicious! Ha-Ha! Now let’s all embarrass ourselves by having a few more drinks and getting on the dance floor!

Birthday speech example 19 – From daughter to mother

Your loving touch is like no other, your smile is brightest of all. Your heart beats love and care, but sometimes truth be told you are unfair. You are the only best friend a daughter could ask for. The sacrifices you have made to make sure I have the right path of guidance. You are the best mother a daughter could ever have. Wishing you a happy birthday with many more fun filled ones to come.

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How to Write a Wonderful Birthday Speech

If you've been asked to write a birthday speech for a friend, colleague or family member, you're probably suffering from mixed emotions! On the one hand, it's an honor to be asked. On the other, you might feel entirely panic-stricken! What on earth will you say? How will you do the birthday boy/girl justice?

The tips on this page are designed to help - and at the end of the page, there are a couple of links to sample speeches which you can adapt and use yourself if you need to!

Tips for crafting a knockout birthday speech

Do your research.

If you're being asked to speak at a birthday celebration, then you probably know the person who is having a birthday pretty well. But that doesn't mean you can skip this all-important step!

Find out a little MORE about the guest of honor that you didn't know. Ask their friends or family members to tell you a unique story about the person you are honoring.These kinds of memories can make great material to put into your speech. Memories from family members tend to be of a touching, sensitive nature, whereas the recollections of friends are often hilarious! Using both will give you a well-rounded speech that will appeal to everyone. Plus, you'll get to know some of the guests better, so you'll be more at ease speaking in front of them.

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Be Sensitive

Some people treat a birthday speech as an opportunity to roast the guest of honor. While a little bit of joking around is acceptable - and can be fun - don't try to embarrass the individual.

This is their special day, one which they should be enjoying. Make an attempt to really honor who they are, by acknowledging their contribution to your life and the lives of all the people in attendance.

Know the Audience

Ask a professional speaker, and they will tell you that you have to know the audience to deliver a great speech.

This doesn't mean that you have to be acquainted with every guest, but you should know the general make-up of the crowd.

Are the guests all family and close friends? Are there co-workers present? How about kids?

You have to be sensitive to the audience before you deliver your speech. Being prepared means inquiring about the people in attendance.

Leave on a High Note

Remember, your speech is meant to honor and celebrate someone on a momentous occasion.

Don't ramble or get muddled with complex topics. Keep the general tone light and celebratory. Be sure to tell the person a happy birthday and thank the person who invited you to speak.

Birthday parties are meant to be fun occasions. Make sure that you keep these tips in mind when you are asked to speak for friends or family members at their party.

You'll probably bring a gift to the party, but a great birthday speech may be the gift that the guest of honor will remember the most.

Looking for an example of a written tribute? Check out this 50th Birthday Speech for an idea on what to say and how to structure your presentation.

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Birthday speeches honor and celebrate the person who has reached this milestone in their life. Here is an example of a 50th birthday speech.

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Birthday Speech Tips: How to Write the Perfect Speech

As a professional birthday speechwriter, I have written many milestone birthday speeches, including 21st, 40th, 50th, 80th and more. When it comes to creating an entertaining and memorable speech for a birthday party, you might not be sure how to begin. Here are a few tips for creating a birthday speech, whether it’s for your birthday or that of a colleague, friend or loved one.

Is it for your birthday or someone else’s birthday?

This will make a big difference in how you create this speech. If it’s for yourself, the speech will include thanking people for attending, sharing your memories (successes and challenges), mentioning the impact of your friends and family, and looking to the future. For example, if you are delivering a 50th birthday speech, you will cover important events and people in your life, thank people who have helped you along the way (parents, spouse, other family and friends, etc) and speak about plans for the future. It’s a big day of your life, so you’ll want to think about, plan and write a birthday speech well in advance. 

If a speech is directed at someone else who’s celebrating their birthday, the speech will be a bit different. In this case, it’s to honour that person and help them celebrate. This could include an overview of their life, major achievements and milestones, and best wishes for the future. Everybody loves funny birthday speeches, so it’s always a good idea to include some humour. The best way to do this is to tell funny stories about the person. If it’s a birthday speech for a best friend, it could include funny things that happened to you. 

21st birthday speech

Typically, this is delivered at a 21st birthday party by one of the parents or a close friend. The speaker reflects on the 21 years and offers best wishes for the future. If you are a parent giving a 21st birthday speech, you could mention their birth, what they were like as a baby, key milestones from the childhood and young adult years, and challenges and achievements. The best part of a 21st birthday speech is the opportunity for humour. Think back to all the funny things that happened over the years and include a few of these. Avoid things that might be too embarrassing or you might not speak to your child again. But seriously, a 21st birthday speech is a great time to honour a family member as they enter the next phase of their life. 

Here’s an example of a funny story from a 21st birthday speech for a daughter: 

Tanya has always known exactly what she wants and moves mountains to get it. When she was little, that included mountains of clothes! Sometimes it took us 45 minutes to an hour to get Tanya dressed for kinder in the morning. Her bedroom floor at home may have looked as though a tornado had ripped through it, but Tanya always stepped into kinder in style with a perfectly co-ordinated outfit. 

If you choose to include funny stories, it helps if your audience members have a sense of humour. 

Milestone speech for a best friend or loved one

Whether it’s for a friend’s 40th, 50th, 60th or 70th birthday, you can highlight your relationship with them and how you’ve been through thick and thin together. Speak about the best qualities of your amazing friend and provide a few examples or stories to support this. 

The birthday toast

Whether it’s for your child’s, spouse’s or friend’s birthday, the birthday toast is an essential closing to the speech. Depending on your relationship, it could be a serious or funny birthday toast. Here’s one example from a husband to his wife on her 50th birthday: 

Please join me in a toast to Belinda. Belinda, I am truly grateful for the wonderful times we have had and I anticipate many more to come. You mean so much to me, our family and our friends. As we grow older and our love grows stronger, I look forward to supporting each other, sharing good times and creating more happy memories together. Happy Birthday, Belinda!

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Free birthday speech tips

By:  Susan Dugdale  

How to write good birthday speeches

Birthdays are a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the joy of living, family, and friends while focusing on that one special person whose  happy "day" it is.

After singing "Happy Birthday", blowing the candles out, making a wish and eating the cake, it's time for the speeches to begin.

And that's what you're here for - to grab a few tips to write a birthday speech!

Image: silhouette of woman presenting a  birthday cake with lit candles to 2 children. Text: How write a good birthday speech

Use these suggestions to tailor your talk

1. gather your background information.

Before you write the speech get the background information you need. This will determine what you'll put in, and the tone of the language you'll use. It will also help you make sure that your speech is a success! 

Get your friends and family to help you

You'll want the answers to these questions.

  • Is the planned birthday celebration formal or informal?
  • Who is invited? Is it strictly family? Family and friends? Work colleagues?
  • Are you the only speaker? If so, what theme would the family/friends/work colleagues like you to focus on?  
  • What tone would they like you to use? Generally, the tone is light, humorous, sincere and positive. Yes, you may tease the birthday person a little, but within the boundaries set by the occasion. Too much roasting, use of language too spicy or smutty, or delving into sensitive subject areas could change the event from a happy to an unhappy birthday. Be really careful!
  • If you're not the only speaker: who are the others and what are they likely to cover? Also find out where on the speaking order you come.
  • How long are you expected to speak for?

2. Inspiration from quotations

Graphic: cartoon retro woman smiling. Text: It is scientifically proven that people who have more birthdays live longer.

If the birthday is a special one marking a significant milestone celebrate it by picking an appropriate quotation or two to use in your speech.

Click the link to find a large selection of  birthday quotations .

I've arranged them under the headings " Wisdom ", " Wit " and " Milestones " so can find what you need quickly.

3. Read these sample birthday speeches

Collage - 3 birthday speech images: 40th, 50th, & 18th

Reading example speeches will help you get an overview of the end result - the goal of going through this process! 

I've got three birthday speeches you can look at.

One is a  50th birthday speech  for a man. It is written as if from a close male friend.  The second is a  40 birthday speech  for a daughter and the speech is written as if it comes from her mother.

And the third is an  18th birthday speech of thanks . The speaker is thanking his/her family and friends for coming along to his/her 18th birthday celebration.

You are welcome to use them as a template for the speech you need to write.

4. Other content suggestions

What personal milestones (other than age) have been reached? Has a special goal been attained?

What endearing characteristics or traits does the person have?

What does the future hold? What special (personal or career) goals are they aiming for?

Winnie Dowie, Aged 11 - 1935 - Titania, Midsummer's Night Dream, Shakespeare.

If the birthday is for an older or elderly person, as the song says: " accentuate the positive" . Life is for living regardless of age or circumstance. For instance, when we celebrated my mother-in-law Winnie's eighty-fifth birthday the speeches remembered the past: her life-long vibrant energy and passion for teaching speech and drama but they also spoke of her ongoing work. 

The grandchildren of her first pupils were coming to her for lessons!

One of her goals was to  keep  right on teaching. And she did until her eyesight failed. Those young people gave her so much joy.

What hobbies does the birthday girl/boy have?

Is there a specific song or saying that could be their signature theme?

What core values does the person have and how are they shown in their life?

What did the person say they wanted to be when they were young and how has it turned out?

What special relationships does the person have? How have they added to their life?

5. Perhaps you'd like to place the birthday in an historical context?

Try these suggestions. Use a search engine for the first two, and family members in the know for the others.

  • What other significant events happened on this day in history ?
  • What popular songs were being sung at that time?
  • Where was the family living?
  • Were there any extraordinary circumstances around the birth itself?

Once your notes are done you are ready to  write

Write like a sandwich.

Use the standard  3 part "sandwich" speech writing format:

  • an introduction (one slice of bread)
  • the middle (the filling where you expand on your theme)
  • and a conclusion , (another slice of bread).

Your opening and ending hold the middle in place.

Get more info on writing

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If you'd like more information about speech structure and the writing process, read my " how to write a speech " page.

You'll find detailed instructions as well as a quick "see-at-a-glance" overview of the process for those of you just needing a refresher.

And the last  tips are:

  • Remember to include a thank-you for the opportunity to prepare and give a speech. It could be either at the beginning or end, or in both places!
  • After your closing summary invite everyone to raise a toast to the birthday person.
  • If you're new to making speeches and a little nervous, write your speech notes up on cue cards  to avoid the possibility of embarrassment through stumbling or temporary memory loss.

Graphic - How to make cue cards for speeches.

  • (If you need help to prepare cue cards or don't know what they are go to my   how to make and use cue cards  page. You'll find full explanations there. A good set of cue cards will help you deliver your speech with confidence.)
  • Run through your speech several times out loud before delivery. (And better still, rehearse thoroughly. See my notes below.)

Make time to rehearse

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Do read my page on  how to rehearse .    Rehearsing makes a huge difference. Try it and see for yourself. You'll find out if your speech is too long, too short, not funny enough, phrased awkwardly ...  Rehearsing exposes any glitches and allows you to fix them, privately.

Think of the speech as a gift

It may be difficult to prepare. However giving the birthday toast can be the ultimate enduring gift.

Words live on in the minds of those who hear them long after the bouquets of flowers drop their petals and the last of the chocolates has been eaten.

A birthday speech given from the heart with love, wit and wisdom can last a lifetime. That makes it well worth your effort!

PS. If it's your birthday and you're delivering a speech to welcome and thank everyone for coming to celebrate it with you, apply these suggestions to yourself. And, yes, you can toast yourself!

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Birthday Speech [From Celebrant or For a Guest]

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Jim Peterson has over 20 years experience on speech writing. He wrote over 300 free speech topic ideas and how-to guides for any kind of public speaking and speech writing assignments at My Speech Class.

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Birthday Speech Topics From The Celebrant

Birthday speech ideas for a guest, birthday speech topics for the celebrant and guests.

Birthday speech template including 8 samples for the celebrant and 18 for a guest at the anniversary party.

The tone is personal, congratulatory, lighthearted and sincere. So, come up with nice entertaining birthday thoughts, funny remarks and tell humorous stories or even jokes.

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A guest can roast the celebrated person a little bit with giving special birthday gifts. But don’t go to far. How far you can go depends on the ambiance of the occasion.

So, it is good to know who is on the guest list:

  • Do they know each other?
  • How close to the celebrant are they?

Okay, I’ve made my point: don’t include insulting or smutty public speaking speech content. After all, it’s a happy day for she / he is a jolly good fellow  Just a small note before we start: were I wrote She or Her in my free birthday writing templates, you can read He or Him also.

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Pick out the ones you like. These are sample speech topics. If you are the celebrant then speak after all other speakers. Keep your speech short.

  • Welcome and thank all the guests for attending this beautiful party celebration.
  • Thank all for their party gifts and best wishes.
  • Thank the family members who have organized the party. Especially if it is a surprise party.
  • Look back at the past. Mention one or two important milestones in your life. E.g. your partner, the birth of your children or their graduation, memorable moments with friends, trips around the world, special projects, hobbies, etc. Warm and funny birthday speech topics about family ties always do the trick.
  • Thank all with one entertaining sentence, in which you capture the importance of your family and friends.
  • Tell the attendants about your plans and hopes.
  • What do you want to realize?
  • What do you want to change? And why?

And those popular and famous speech topics bring me to the next birthday gifts idea.

  • If it is a very special event – you reached a special age, for example – your 30th, 40th of 50th birthday – then pay attention to it. Tell a joke about people who reached this age related to the little surprise you want to hand over.

Otherwise, mention certain circumstances if they occur and influence the events. But do not sound sad, try to approach them in a positive way.

  • End your speech with praising the guests. Just say you hope that they will be back. At the party next year…

These topic ideas are suitable for every public speaking job.


  • Thank for the invitation to be guest.
  • Thank for the invitation to give a birthday speech.
  • Congratulate the person who enjoys all as center of the attention.


  • Mention a nice, funny or emotional moment at the annivesary till now.
  • If you are one of the people who organized the party: look ahead. What’s coming up next? Lunch, dinner, you are moving to another location, room or place later this day or evening, other speakers, maybe mystery guest at the annivesary?
  • Mention the special circumstances, if appropriate. For instance think about the weather, the location, the number of people who are attending the birthday party, and so on. Look around and use your imagination.
  • What age? Is it a jubilee year? Is it a 18th, 21st, 40th, 50th, 60th or a 70th birthday speech, or even a 80th, 90th or 100th? Did she said something herself about reaching this age? Mention this unique number and its merits and uniqueness.
  • What happened today in history?
  • Are there memorable events on the date of birth?
  • Was she born at a special place?
  • Is she happily married? Describe this relationship.
  • Children, grandchildren?
  • Other notewirthy developments within the scope of the family ties? Mention those themes and don’t forget to congratulate her family.


Tease and roast the celebrant, but avoid any personal stuff that might upset or annoy the celebrant or a guest:

  • Roast the girl or boy a little bit. Can you characterize her personality?
  • What have other people said about her?
  • Mention her talents, hobbies or passions.
  • Are there noteworthy developments or achievements in her work and career? What has she always wanted to be?
  • What are her pet peeves?
  • What are her values of life? How does she propagate them?
  • Look ahead to her future. What were and/or are her goals or hopes in life? Do you think she will succeed? Be optimistic and supportive. Or – if you want to spoof somewhat – tell your disagreeing point of view with a wink …
  • Recapitulate the wishes and congratulations. Try to summarize all the best you wish in one well-meaned special speech topic statement.
  • And then of course, at last but not least, the closer: the toast. Propose a toast to the health of the girl, so to speak.
  • Give her a present or hand over the gift on behalf of all people who join. Don’t forget to tell you speak on behalf of everybody!

Have a nice party and may this information helps to enjoy preparing your birthday speech. Happy anniversary to you and to your relative or friend!

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50 Great Birthday Speeches for All

Struggling to craft a sweet and touching happy birthday speech to a loved one or acquaintance? If that is what you are battling with, you have come to a place that will help you easily surmount that challenge.

Below we have put together some beautiful speeches that you can deliver on the birthday celebrations of the wonderful people in your life. You can use these fine orations the way they have been published here or pick ideas from them to write your own.

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Birthday speech for a friend, funny birthday speeches, birthday speech for mom, birthday speech for dad, 60th birthday speech, birthday speech for your husband, birthday speech for your wife, 21st birthday speech from mother/father to daughter, birthday speech for your daughter, birthday speeches for your son, birthday speeches for your brother, birthday speech for your sister, birthday speech for your boss, birthday speeches for your working partner.

Whether it’s your best friend or a friend from middle school that you haven’t seen for years, you’ll find what you need here.

  • You’ve been my best friend since 6th grade. I’ll never forget you walking into my math class and sitting right next to me like you knew we were meant to be best friends. Ever since that day, I have had the privilege of watching you grow as a person. I’ve made plenty of mistakes in my life, but I’ve always had a safe place to go where I wouldn’t be judged. So, thank you for always being on my side for the last 10 years. Thank you for being my best friend. Happy Birthday.
  • Thank you for thinking of me on your special day. We haven’t seen each other for years, but it’s amazing how we talked today like no time went by. I hope you are having a great time. I know I am. You’ve grown so much as a person since we last saw each other. I’m so excited to get to know you again and pick up where we left off back in the day.

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  • (NAME), your ability to keep me out of trouble has been one of the greatest attributes I admire a lot about you. I still remember back in the days when we were kids and how you used to keep the adults very busy with your amazing antics, just to make sure I never got spanked for my mischievous doings.
  • On special days like today, I think we should make merry and let the whole world know that we are celebrating the most important day of the year. I pray for many days like today for you, but I hope you know that more birthdays come with more wrinkles on your face. Anyway, I know you love birthdays and wouldn’t mind having many wrinkles on your face just to celebrate another birthday. May this anniversary bring joy and happiness to you, (NAME).
  • Being a truly special day today, ladies and gentlemen, I’d like to use this opportunity to invite you all to become wildlife supporters so that we can all have a fabulously wild party!

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  • It affords me much pleasure to have the privilege to deliver this speech in honor of the birthday celebration of a dear friend of mine. (NAME), I will like to take advantage of this outstanding day in your life to let you know how much your presence in my life means to me. I might not say it to you very often, but you mean the world to me. (NAME), you and I have been the best of friends since we were little. I know you inside out and you know me inside out. But you are really more than just a mere friend to me; you are my brother/sister and inspiration.
  • All my life I’ve never seen anyone that is as loving and caring as you. And in addition to that you have an excellent sense of humor, which makes you the more wonderful. I wouldn’t trade your company for all the gold in the world. How blessed I am to have a magnificent person like you whom I call my friend and brother/sister.
  • On this special day of your life, I wish you all the good fortune in the world. May this anniversary celebration mark the beginning of breathtaking accomplishments in your life. You deserve it. You have really come a long way and achieved a great deal in many spheres of your life despite the challenging circumstances and obstacles that stood in your way.  I’m so proud and honored to be counted among your closest friends. Have a gloriously happy birthday celebration and a long life accompanied by good health, happiness and peace.

This category could fit anyone in your life. So, if you want to stand out and make them laugh, this is for you.

  • Happy birthday to one of maybe 3 people that I don’t need Facebook to help me remember that you’re aging. We’re all here to celebrate you, and you should really appreciate that. I mean, I gave up my evening of doing absolutely nothing to be here with you. But seriously, you’re the family member I’m least ashamed of being related to. So, thank you for that and enjoy your day.
  • Well, I was going to joke about you getting older, but then I remembered that every year you get older, I also get older. So, I had some wine and thought about it. Age really does get better with wine. Anyway, here’s to one year closer to being that crazy cat lady, talking to ourselves and being the only ones laughing at our own jokes. Oh wait, we’re already there.
  • Dearest (NAME), I congratulate you and wish you a happy birthday for growing a year older. It is always nice to be in your company because you are such a fun loving person.  It amazes me how you are able to perfect the art of putting smiles on faces of people around you. Indeed, you should be contesting for the award of the “The World’s Funniest”. On Sundays. In April. In leap years.

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Whether you’re best friends with her, or just love your mom dearly, this list is for her:

  • Thank you for being my best friend and confidant for so many years. Not everyone is blessed to have a caring, loving mom like I am. And I want you to know that I am truly thankful. I have always been able to come to you with anything, and that has helped me become the confident person that I am today. So, thank you, and I wish you all the best on your special day and every day after.
  • Mom, I haven’t known you for my entire life, but I struggle to remember a time that you weren’t there. Thank you for accepting me as yours. Blood isn’t everything and you have shown that by taking me in and treating me like your own child. I know I’ll never be able to repay you for that, but just know that today and every day, I appreciate it.

This category is for your dad, whether it’s a father figure or your actual father.

  • Hey Dad, today is your special day and I want to make sure you know how much I appreciate you. Every time I needed advice about life, or my car was making a funny noise, I always knew I could come to you. Thank you for teaching me how to take care of myself. Although I still might have to call you when something breaks, you have taught me how to be a good person above all.
  • I know you weren’t there when I was born, and you didn’t see me take my first steps. But you will always be my dad. You have come into my life and taught me how to be a self-sufficient person. You taught me what love really is, and I want you to know that I wouldn’t trade you for the world. Thank you for choosing me and never giving up on me. Happy Birthday dad.

50th birthday speech

  • The easy joke is calling you over the hill or halfway there, but the truth is that you’ve been on this earth for half of a century. That sounds like a long time, but it’s really not. Life is so short. Time truly flies. But I’m so lucky to have known you for some/all of those 50 years.
  • You’ve been alive for 50 years, and you are still the kindest person that I know. You have grown with such grace and empathy. Some people get cold as they get older, but after being here for 50 years, you are still just as kind as the day we met. I wish you continued happiness on your journey.

Happy 50th Birthday Wishes!

  • Although you’re 60 today, it continues to amaze me how much you still want to learn and grow. This age is the perfect time to try something new. So, let’s try yoga or go horseback riding. Either way, if I’m there with you, I know it’ll be a blast. It has been an absolute pleasure knowing you, and I wish you an even better year than the last.
  • Today, you’re 21,915 days old. Sure, that sounds like a lot, but you have truly used all of those days to do your best. For 60 years, you haven’t stopped giving, caring and loving those around you. You always make sure the people around you know that you care about them and what they have to say. So, today is for you. We’re celebrating, giving, caring and loving you today because you deserve it.

Happy 60th Birthday Wishes!

  • To my darling husband, (NAME), on your birthday, I say, “Thank you from the bottom of my heart for always being by my side to love, support, encourage and protect me”. You not only make my heart happy but also my entire body as a whole. God really blessed me abundantly the day He brought us together.
  • You are such a phenomenal friend and husband to me. Honey, not even all the words in the dictionary will be sufficient to express to you the amount of love that this heart of mine has for you. Such is the depth of my love for you. Thank you for every beautiful thing you have done for me.
  • Prior to meeting you, I always wondered who would ever feel the great vacuum in my life, but then you came into my life and not only filled that emptiness in my but whisked me to paradise. Having an amazing friend and husband like you is worth more than all the diamonds and money in the world. I truly love you from the bottom of the deepest cores of my heart and soul.

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  • To all the beautiful people here, who took time off their busy schedules to attend the birthday celebration of my beloved wife, I say, “Thanks for being so wonderful to us”. I can forget everything in my life, but never will I forget the birthday of my beloved (NAME), who is not only my sweet wife but also my best friend and mentor.
  • On your anniversary, honey, I have a confession to make. When you go to bed, what you don’t know is the fact that very often I wake up in the middle of the night and stare at you as you sleep peacefully finding it hard to believe that a wonderful woman like you chose me to be her husband. How I became so lucky to have you in my life is something I will never understand. You are indeed the greatest treasure of my life – there’s absolutely no two ways about it!
  • (NAME), thank you for being an incredibly caring, loving and supportive wife to me. Thank for touching my life in a way that no other has and will ever do. From the deepest part of my heart, I wish you a long, happy life. May every desire of your heart that hasn’t yet materialized begin materializing in grand style from today onwards. I love you so much, honey. Thank you for being my superwoman and the love of my life. Happy birthday!

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  • We’ve come a long way from the Cinderella-themed parties when you were young. Now I am suddenly looking across the table at an adult. I’m not sure where the time went, but I am so proud of the sweet, intelligent, beautiful girl you’ve become. As you explore adulthood, I just hope you are happy, safe and stay true to yourself no matter what.
  • For 21 years, I have watched you grow, learn, struggle and overcome, but one thing I was always so proud of is your determination. That fire inside of you has been there for your entire life. Whether it was learning to walk or to drive, you always had that fire in your eyes, and I can’t wait to see where that determination takes you. I’m endlessly proud of you.

Happy 21st Birthday Wishes!

  • My sweet angel, as you turn a new age today, know that there’s nothing in this world that I wouldn’t do to put happiness in your heart and smiles on your beautiful face. You are my rainbow and everything I treasure in this world.
  • Sweetheart, I only have one advice for you today. Work hard and never stop having faith in yourself. If you do this, all you big dreams will always come to fruition and you will certainly be all the things you want to be.
  • You are a beautiful young woman who brings glory to me all the time, and for that I shall forever be thankful to my lucky stars. Sunshine, may the good Lord be with you every moment of your life and guide your every step. Happy birthday, my dearly beloved daughter. I love you so much.
  • Son, you are one of the biggest reasons I wake up with a smile on my face every morning. You make me exceedingly proud to be a father/mother every second of my life. I couldn’t have asked God to bless me with a better son. For as long as I live, I shall support you physically and spiritually. I shall always be there for you through the good times, the not so good times, and the bad times.
  • Before I take my seat, I’d like to take this opportunity to ask everyone here to kindly join me to wish my dear son and friend a super duper happy birthday! I love you so much, son.

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  • Happy birthday to the best brother in this world!  I know I can always count on your support during difficult and pleasant times. You are someone who always seeks to have a positive impact on everyone who comes into your life, which I believe is the reason why you have attracted so many good friends. Planet earth will be a very wonderful place to be if everyone had a brother like you who is so selfless and very tolerant as well.
  • (NAME), we have had many amazing moments together and I can remember our childhood days when we used to do a lot of wild and crazy stuff. Growing up was really fun with you around. I want you to know that I cherish every moment that I spend with you. Brother, you are the reason I am who I am today and this is because you always inspire and encourage me to seek greater heights in life.
  • Today, being a very important day in your life, I want to use this moment to express my sincerest gratitude to you for all your support, care and above all the extraordinary love that you have shown me. My prayer for you is to have a life that overflows with joy, happiness, and good health. Happy birthday, dear brother!
  • Happy birthday, lovely sister! I truly think that you deserve an award for the “Best Sister of the Year”, and to be honest this is not because you have been an amazing person to me, but your exceptional qualities as a person and a woman for that matter needs to be applauded.

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  • Sweet sister, whenever the thought of you crosses my mind (which it often does), it brings memories of very exciting moments that we have shared together. You are caring, smart and full of fun, which always makes me feel that I am the luckiest sibling on this earth, knowing that I have someone very special like you in my life.
  • (NAME), I can’t thank you enough for all the awesome things that you have done for me. You have been my best friend, and I can’t imagine how my world would be without you. I want to congratulate you on adding another year to your life and I hope that this birthday brings you an abundance of happiness and joy. Happy birthday, dear sister!
  • Hi everyone! I always count myself to be one of the luckiest persons in this world to have such an extraordinary boss like you. Your relationship with your employees transcends the usual. To me, you are a best friend and a brother as well. I will be forever grateful to you for all the support you have given me and most importantly for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful Company.
  • Your leadership style is one of the best one can think of. You are always on the lookout for the best in terms of the welfare of your employees and the Company as a whole. Professionally, I consider you to be the best boss I have ever met. You have made the workplace one of the most enjoyable places to be.
  • I can’t thank you enough for having a good impact on the lives of all your employees. I want to use this special day to wish you all the best in life. I pray that the Almighty Lord will keep on blessing you with many more exciting days like your birthday today. Once again, I wish you a fantastic birthday, dear boss!
  • To me and this business, you have proven to be a valuable asset. Words cannot express how much pleasure it gives me to work with such a dedicated person like you. I am really amazed and impressed by the professional way you go about your work, especially in solving very tedious problems. Your exceptional decision-making skills have yielded awesome results for this business. You deserve a standing ovation for the professionalism you bring to this business.
  • Again, (NAME), words cannot sufficiently express how grateful I am to you for all the sleepless nights and backbreaking tasks that you had to go through just to make sure that the business is on the right path. Your loyalty to this partnership has always been true and you are indeed the ideal person to do business with.
  • This business has been successful, and I believe that it will only get better because of a special partner like you who has always been there through thick and thin. I want to use this moment to let you know that you are my inspiration and I am thankful for having you in both my professional and personal life. I wish you all the best as you commemorate this special day which marks your birthday.

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Tonight We Honor This Person | Birthday Speeches for a Friend

One of the best ways to make a friend’s birthday party shine is to deliver a very powerful speech at the event.

But since coming up with great speeches tends to be easier said than done, we have prepared a list comprising several original birthday speeches to help you celebrate and honor your friend on such an incredibly important day of his/her life.

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Funny birthday speech for a friend, birthday speeches for a friend from old times.

[Looking at the party guests]

Ladies and Gentlemen, what a truly special occasion the birth anniversary of my dear friend [Friend’s Name] is! Thank you for coming and being part of this special celebration.

I have known [Friend’s Name] for as long as I can remember. In my eyes, there’s nothing more honorable than standing before you, wonderful folks, to wish my beloved friend a super duper happy birthday.

[Looking at friend]

[Friend’s Name], I deem it an absolutely great honor to be part of this gathering here honoring and celebrating your life. For me, your birthday gives me a great opportunity to thank the almighty God for your life. It also gives me a fine opportunity to tell you how much of a blessing you have been to me all these years.

After so many years of knowing you, I can confidently say three things about you: You are a kind, supportive and a truly amazing friend. I doubt that this life would be half as interesting as it is without you.

For being such a wonderful person, may God keep you happy not only on your special day but for eternity. You deserve that and so much more. Happy birthday!

[Looking at party guests]

Folks, thank you very much for coming in your numbers to grace this occasion of my friend and making it a memorable one. Now join me in toasting to our dear [Friend’s Name].

Happy Birthday to our Fab Friend.

Hi everyone, words are not strong enough to fully express to you how happy I am welcoming every single one of you here to celebrate the big day of [Friend’s Name]. I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that your presence here means the world to the birthday boy/girl. So on his/her behalf, I thank you for choosing to spend this beautiful day here.

[Looking at your friend]

[Friend’s Name], you are an utterly special person in my world. You are a friend who has brought happiness to my life for so many years. I hope that this day finds you in joy, sound health, peace, and happiness because they are exactly the things that a phenomenal person like you deserves.

Indeed today is a perfect excuse to deliberately celebrate the kindness, whit, empathy, and elegance that your beautiful life has brought to your family and friends. Keep up your great work, buddy!

Not only are you my longtime friend but you are also a very special friend to me. I’ve always said that your stay on earth is a blessing to everyone who knows you. Thank you for giving us love, care, and support. You inspire me in no small way to be better. Happy birthday, and more grease to your elbows!

[Looking at guests again]

Before I take my seat, I would like all of us to join one another in raising our glasses to the world’s most amazing person celebrating his/her birthday today!

[Turning back to look at your friend]

[Friend’s Name], for all those who know and love you, you are a priceless treasure. May your birthday bless you with everything that puts a gigantic smile on your face and a heart that never stops bursting at its seams with endless happiness. Thank you for decorating our lives. Love you so much.

Cheers, Mate!

Birthday Speeches For a Best Friend

[Facing the guests]

Friends, loved ones and family members of [Friend’s Name], thank you for making out time to be here today to celebrate this special day of the life of my best friend in the whole wide world.

[Facing your friend]

[Name of your Friend], in my eyes, your friendship is like fine wine. The older it grows, the more treasurable it becomes. This is why my heart will never stop treasuring your presence in my life. If you want to really know how much our friendship means to me, listen to this: I’d rather go to hell than live in heaven without your friendship.

I hope you have an incredibly amazing birthday and life because you’ve been an incredibly amazing friend to me all my life. May your earthly journey be accompanied by everything that brings peace, contentment and bliss into your life. You deserve all these and many more, for you are an absolutely wonderful person who makes this world a truly beautiful place. God bless you…today, tomorrow and all the days after tomorrow until the end of time.

You are a true friend, [Friend’s Name]. May God always watch over you and make sure that you have a great and happy life filled to the brim with all the desires of your wonderful heart of gold.

[Turning to the party guests]

Once again I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to everyone gathered here for being part of this very wonderful occasion. Now everyone, enjoy your drinks and let’s set this party on fire!

Birthday Babe.

I would like to welcome everyone to the celebration of what I consider to be the most important day in the life of my best friend [Friend’s Name].

Standing here, I must confess that I never thought there would come a day when I’d be paying my last respects to the youth of my dear [Friend’s Name], but I guess that day has finally arrived! [Pause slightly as the audience laugh at the joke].

[Friend’s Name], you might have lost your youth, but that’s not going to stop us from joining you to dance the night away! Today is a great celebration, and by God, we shall celebrate it to the fullest!

All jokes aside, [Friend’s Name], you are a remarkably beautiful individual, inside and out. God really bestowed a grand blessing my way the day he made our paths cross. My dear, on your special day, I need you to know that you are not just my friend but also my brother/sister and my ultimate inspiration in life. May you keep moving from glory to glory and soaring skywards.

I hope this beautiful birthday celebration of yours will fill your heart and soul with oceans upon oceans of joy and love. May you forever be as happy as the warmth of your friendship makes me feel.

[Facing the guests again]

Lovely ones, at this juncture, I would like you to kindly raise up your glasses to join me in a toast to the phenomenal man/woman whose birthday we gather here to joyfully celebrate.

[Facing your friend again]

[Name of Friend], may this brand new age that you’ve been blessed with be an absolutely prosperous and blissful chapter of your life. Stay blessed. I love you.

I can stand up here and tell many hilarious stories from your past, like the time you got too drunk that you thought that mannequin was an actual woman. See, look at the way he’s smiling – he didn’t even know I knew about that one. But that’s what friends are for. Friends are there to pick you up when you’re down. Friends are there to visit you in the hospital when everyone else has written you off. Friends are there to steal your car keys when you’re so inebriated that the chances of you making it home in one piece is about as successful as a box of hot French friends. And these are all favors that he has selflessly done for me. So please I implore, indeed beg you all – eat to your heart’s content and drink your gluttonous fill. I mean it’s not like I’m paying for it. But in all seriousness, it is my pleasure to spend this special day with you. And I think it is safe to say that the sentiment of every one in here, including myself, is that you continue down the merry path to a long, wonderful life.

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60th Birthday Humor To Help You Speak At A 60th Birthday Party

60th birthday humor is always welcome at a 60th Birthday party, whether you are simply telling a story, or sharing a joke with another person, or even better if you have been asked “to say a few words” as in a speech.

OR if you are responding to the words of someone else ...

There is something here for YOU.

If you would like to know how to find humor and how to make people laugh during your 60th Birthday Speech, by selecting jokes and adjusting them for this birthday, then here is the answer .

If you wish a few good words for this occasion, have a look at these special 60th birthday speeches .

If you feel anxious about speaking on this auspicious occasion, I have found music in particular helpful and other interesting ideas that help me relax.

Here are some ideas and birthday humor you may find helpful on the day.

If you are speaking, use only a few relevant jokes that support what you are saying. Too many and you can become monotonous, especially if they do not really relate to the birthday person.

So here are five basic guidelines for your 60th birthday humor to help you bring on the laughs and good times:

  • Short jokes and one-liners are best;
  • Some personal stories about the Birthday person can spice up your message;
  • A joke at the beginning (gains attention) and maybe at the end (ends on a good note) will make your words more memorable and persuasive;
  • Always try to adapt a joke to the Birthday person – that way the audience will find it even funnier and personal;
  • How to remember the joke? Know the story well, but memorise the punchline perhaps with a keyword or a recall word - the punchline well executed is the key.

Always select and adapt humor for your birthday speech and your audience will be thrilled.  It is not hard to do and can be done in minutes.

There is much here and even more.  Check out at the end.  There is no need to search everywhere for that right piece of humor, it's bound to be here.

Enjoy this 60th birthday humor.

60th Birthday Humor

Looking forward.

She was looking forward to her 60th birthday. But she was looking in the wrong direction.

60th Birthday Humor Cards - An Idea For The Words Inside Your Card

Mirror, mirror on the wall Do you have to tell it all? Where do you get the glaring right To make my clothes look too darn tight? I think I'm fine but I can see You won't cooperate with me, The way you let the shadows play You'd think my hair was getting gray. What's that, you say? A double chin? No, that's the way the light comes in, If you persist in peering so You'll confiscate my facial glow, And then if you're not hanging straight You'll tell me next I'm gaining weight, I'm really quite upset with you For giving this distorted view; I hate you being smug and wise O, look what's happened to my thighs! I warn you now, O mirrored wall, Since we're not on speaking terms at all, If I look like this in my new jeans You'll find yourself in smithereens!!

Getting Older

"You know you're getting older when you stoop to tie your shoelaces and wonder what else you could do while you're down there."

2. Life is full of complications. Even when you are born there is a string attached.

The Birthday Study – It’s Proven !

It is proven that the celebration of birthdays is healthy. By reaching your 60th you are one of the healthiest in this room, because Statistics show that those people who celebrate the most birthdays become the oldest. -- S. den Hartog, Ph D. Thesis Universtity of Groningen.

Adapt this Sport Short Story

This Joke can be adapted to any Sport the Birthday person may play.

Leigh was just turning 60 and he had been playing golf all his life.

He comes home one day and said to his wife, "That's it, I will have to give up golf, my eyesight is that bad I can't see where the ball is going anymore."

His wife in trying to cheer him up replied, "I am sure you can give it one more go. Take my older brother with you."

"What good is that," replied Leigh. "He's nearly 90."

"He may be nearly 90 but his eyesight is perfect," replied his wife.

Next day, off they went to play golf. Leigh is a bit shaken up because of the previous day, but confident in his brother-in-law's eyesight. He tees up, breathes slowly and steps forward. And with an all mighty swing - drives the ball down the fairway.

He turns to his brother-in-law and asks, "Did you see the ball?"

"Of course Leigh" replied his brother-in-law. "I have perfect eyesight".

Leigh, all excited, turns back again and says "Where did it go?"

(Split second silence) "I don't remember".

One Liners For Those Who Exercise

Take care <name>.  My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was 60. Now she's 97 years old and we don't know where the hell she is.

Did you know that <name> joined a health club last year, spent about 400 bucks.  He/she hasn’t lost a pound. Apparently you have to go there.

<Name> was telling me earlier/yesterday that he has found the secret to exercise!  The secret of exercising every day is that you die healthier.

<Name>, if you are going to try cross-country skiing, start with a small country.

And last but not least: <Name> doesn’t exercise because it makes the ice jump right out of his/her glass.

You could run these walking jokes over to your friends but why not just e-mail it to them!

The only reason I would take up exercising is so that I could hear heavy breathing again.

(ROAST) <Name> has flabby thighs, but fortunately his stomach covers them.

(ROAST)  <Name> has to exercise early in the morning before his/her brain figures out what they’re doing.

     Here is something for you ...

How do you select humor, then adjust and adapt humor to your audience.

writing a speech for a 60th birthday

Selecting 60th birthday humor can be difficult, and then, making it fit (adjusting and adapting) to your audience is another thing.

After you do eventually find humor for your birthday speech you'll find it was NOT created for your audience. 

The good news though, is it is not hard to find humor and then easily change and adjust it so that your audience will think it was created just for them.

Here is how to select and adjust humor

Here is how to select and adjust any humor for that Birthday Speech

... and find even more great 60th birthday humor as well

Here is how you can do that quickly .

As well there is a growing collection of more great birthday humor, so you do not have to hunt around to find your jokes and humor.

No more searching ...

Find the humor that works for you, then find out how to

    Select the Humor you need, Then     Adjust and     Adapt this Humor To Your Audience?

Have fun. Warren

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Celebrate Your Birthday With a Funny Speech

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A jocular birthday speech can be a great way to kick off your day of celebration! Are you wondering where to start?

Let’s show you how to write a funny birthday speech . Whether you’re looking for some light-hearted entertainment or something more thought-provoking, there are plenty of options available.

A funny speech that is well-written and delivered with confidence will bring out laughs from the crowd and put everyone in a festive mood. If you prepare properly, you’ll be able to craft a hilarious address that your friends and family will remember long after the party ends. 

How to Write a Funny Birthday Speech

A funny birthday speech is a great way to get the party started . The key is to focus on finding something humorous that resonates with your audience; after all, laughter is contagious!

Think of Appropriate Jokes for the Occasion

First, think about what kind of jokes or anecdotes might be appropriate for the occasion. Avoid anything too risqué or offensive—a joke about drinking alcohol might not be appropriate for a kid’s birthday party, for instance.

Keep the mood light and stick to topics that everyone can relate to. You might also want to include a few lines about why the person being celebrated is special to you.

Research Great Puns and One-Liners

Next, do some research. Look up puns and one-liners related to the theme of the event or any hobbies or interests of the honoree.

Write down any ideas that make you chuckle; these could be used as part of your speech. Also, consider reading through other people’s speeches online to get some inspiration.

Write Your First Draft

Once you’ve got plenty of ideas jotted down, it’s time to start writing. Make sure each sentence conveys your message clearly and succinctly. Use vivid language and add colorful adjectives where possible—this will help bring your speech to life.

Try to inject humor whenever possible and avoid simply listing facts. For example, instead of saying, “John loves playing basketball,” say, “John is so talented at basketball, he should probably get his own jersey!”

As you go along, read out loud the sentences you’ve written so far. This will give you an idea of how your words sound when spoken aloud and help refine your delivery style. Practice in front of a mirror until you feel comfortable with it. Remember: confidence is key!

Finish on a Positive Note

End on a positive note by wishing the honoree well and offering sincere thanks to those who attended the event. A funny birthday speech doesn’t have to take hours of effort. If you use clever wordplay and practice properly before presenting, you’ll be able to deliver an enjoyable address that everyone will remember fondly.

Examples of Funny Birthday Speeches

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Let’s check a few examples of funny birthday speeches to inspire you as you write yours.

Greetings, friends! Today is a special day. It’s the birthday of an extraordinary person, and I’m honored to be here celebrating it with them! It’s not every day you get to witness the birthday of the only person you can defeat in ping pong! 

A birthday is a time for joy and merriment, especially when celebrated with good company! But before we continue our festivities, allow me to impart some wisdom. Don’t forget that birthdays are really just another opportunity for us to drink and be merry. They’re a chance to contemplate how we can eat without getting filled and play without getting tired. That being said, let us indulge ourselves with stories and laughter, allowing us to bask in the glory of our beloved one’s presence. 

I wish nothing but pleasure and felicity to my dear pal on their natal anniversary! May they never cease to amaze us with their grandiose spirit and insurmountable vivacity! 

Cheers to another incredible year ahead! Let the revels begin!

Greetings everyone! 

I am sure you are all wondering why I’m standing up here, talking to a bunch of adults about birthdays. Well, let me tell ya — it’s my best friend’s birthday today, and he is getting OLDER!! We’ve had so many fun memories together that I just couldn’t pass this opportunity to talk about him. 

But before we dive into all the humorous jokes, let me remind you all that birthdays are actually quite special. It’s a day to celebrate life, reflect on our pasts, and look forward to what tomorrow has in store for us. So even though my friend might be entering his “vintage” years, there’s still plenty of room left for adventure and growth! 

Now, onto more comical matters! As they say, age is just a number. But try telling that to someone who’s getting older by the minute! Who remembers those days when we used to pretend our troubles never existed? That’s something worth revisiting. 

And lastly, no one can deny the power of cake and ice cream. In fact, they make every occasion extra special. So let us take a moment to wish our dear old friend a very happy birthday with lots of laughter and delicious treats. Happy Birthday!

Final Thoughts

In the real sense of it, you don’t really need to know how to write a funny birthday speech . With the new Hey INK tool, you can easily generate funny birthday speeches like the ones above.

Celebrate Your Birthday With a Funny Speech

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60th Birthday Wishes and Wording Ideas for Your Favorite 60-Year-Old

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It’s not every day that someone special in your life turns 60. So when it’s time to celebrate, you’ll want to find the right words, whether you’re looking for sweet or funny 60th birthday wishes .

If you’re not sure what to write for your birthday card message, we’re here to help. We’ve collected some of our favorite ways to wish someone a very happy 60th birthday — plus some of our most-loved 60th birthday card designs to match.

Celebrate the Moment with These 60th Birthday Message Ideas

Get ready to put a smile on your loved one ’s face with a heartfelt or hilarious birthday greeting. Use one of these birthday messages as inspiration to create your own personal note, or take them as is for a quick yet thoughtful way to let them know you care.

Short Yet Meaningful 60th Birthday Wishes

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Wishing someone a heartfelt happy birthday doesn’t require a long message or a   birthday poem . Sometimes, the shortest messages can be the most meaningful. Here are some short and sweet ideas to wish a friend, family member, colleague, or other loved one a happy 60th birthday .

  • Today is your day. Happy birthday, lovely! 
  • Can’t believe you’re 60. You look great. Happy birthday!
  • Have a special day , [Name]! You deserve it.
  • Hello, 60! Wishing you a very happy birthday .
  • Happy 60th birthday to my dear friend .
  • Wishing you a very special 60th birthday.
  • Happy 60th birthday , friend! Live it up!
  • Happy birthday to the best 60-year-old ever!
  • HBD to you! Have a great day , [Name]! 
  • Have an amazing birthday!

Matching design: Birthday Sweets Card

Happy Birthday Messages for Your Partner

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Your beloved is turning 60 soon, which means it’s time to craft a thoughtful message to share in a greeting card . Take inspiration from these wording ideas to come up with something that feels fun and personal.

  • Wishing you the happiest birthday ever, my love. There’s nobody else in the world I’d rather spend life with than you. Here’s to 60 more years!
  • Happy 60th birthday , old fella! Don’t worry, I’m not far behind.
  • Congrats on reaching such a big milestone birthday . It’s a joy to be by your side.
  • Happy birthday, [Name]. Time to crack open the champagne, eat some birthday cake , and relax!
  • It’s your birthday! I’ve made a reservation at your favorite restaurant — only the best will do for my favorite 60-year-old.
  • Happy 60th birthday to my one, my only, my everything. Congrats on catching up to me and joining the 60s crew!
  • Happy birthday to the best partner in the whole world. Let’s make this day feel as special as you are.
  • Happy 60th birthday, my darling . For a special person like you, nothing is too much. I’m so blessed to spend this big day with you!
  • Happy birthday to the sexiest sexagenarian on the planet. Here’s to 60, my love!

Matching design: Sweet Snapshot Birthday Card

Happy 60th Birthday Wishes for Your Parent

Birthday Cheers Card

If your parent’s 60th birthday is coming up, you certainly want to write something special on their birthday card. If you’re stuck for ideas and need a little inspiration, use one of these 60th birthday greetings as your starting point.

  • Congrats on making it to 60 with most of your hair, Dad! Love you!
  • Wishing you the happiest of 60th birthdays, Mom. Thank you for everything!
  • Happy 60th birthday, Dad . Congrats on stepping into a new decade . Let’s go have some brews!
  • It’s your big day ! Happy 60th birthday to the best parent in the whole world.
  • Happy birthday, Mom. Thank you for all the beautiful memories we’ve made together. The best is yet to come!
  • Happy birthday, Dad. I know you didn’t want a big birthday celebration , but we’ve planned something special in your honor. (Don’t worry, we won’t make you sing karaoke.)
  • There’s nobody quite like you, Pop. Here’s to many more years of listening to all your bad jokes!
  • Happy 60th birthday to a super mom ! Does this mean you get a senior discount now?

Matching design: Birthday Cheers Card

Best 60th Birthday Wishes for a Family Member

Cheery Cocktails Card

Whether it’s your aunt’s big day or your cousin’s turning the big 6-0, it’s an exciting moment to celebrate. Choose one of these birthday message ideas to write inside a birthday card or share on their social media page.

  • Congratulations on reaching this milestone birthday , Uncle!
  • Have a wonderful day celebrating this momentous occasion, Cousin!
  • Wishing you good health and prosperity on your 60th birthday.
  • You’ve always been my favorite uncle. (And I’m your favorite niece, right?) Happy 60th birthday !
  • Happy 60th birthday , Auntie! Here’s to many happy returns .
  • Happy birthday, [Name]! Can’t wait to celebrate at your birthday party this weekend.
  • Happy 60th birthday , [Name]! It’s time to celebrate this special occasion . 

Matching design: Cheery Cocktails Birthday Card

Sweet 60th Birthday Messages for a Friend

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If you have a dear friend who’s turning 60 and you want to show them how loved they are, a sweet birthday message is the way to go. Celebrate the big moment with one of these birthday wishes to a friend .

  • I’m so excited to be celebrating your 60th birthday with you, [Name]. You’re my best friend and it’s an honor to be yours.
  • Thanks for always being a great friend . Happy 60th birthday, beautiful !
  • Happy 60th birthday , [Name]. We’ve shared many incredible years together, and there are still many more wonderful years yet to come.
  • Goodbye, 50s … hello 60s! This decade looks good on you!
  • Happiest of birthday wishes to one of my oldest (er, dearest) friends.
  • Hope you have a wonderful birthday , [Name]. You deserve it!
  • We’ve been friends forever, and long may it continue. Happy birthday, lovely!
  • HBD,[Name]! You’re the picture of eternal youth . I can only hope I’ll be as lucky as you when I turn the big 6-0!
  • [Name], the best years of your life are still to come. I’m excited to be here along for the ride!
  • Happy birthday to my best friend in the whole world. You deserve only the best!
  • I know you’re turning 60 but we’re only in our 30s at heart. Time to celebrate and party!
  • You’ve aged like fine wine , [Name]. Happiest of birthdays to you!

Matching design: Birthday Beauty Card

Funny 60th Birthday Messages

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Bring out your favorite jokes and make the birthday guest of honor laugh with one of these funny 60th birthday wishes.

  • Happy 70th birthday … oops, wrong year! The last thing we want to do is make you older than you already are! Happy 60th, old timer!
  • Are you ready for old age now, [Name]? It’s ready for you!
  • You’re not 60, you’re 50 + 10! 
  • Didn’t you already turn 60 like five years ago? No? Happy 60th birthday then!
  • Time to kick your feet up and totally relax, [Name]. After all, it’s taken you 60 years to get here!
  • Happiest of birthdays, [Name]. Remember, 60 is the new 40!
  • We always joked about feeling old on our 30th birthday , but look at us now in our 60s. We don’t look a day over 39!
  • Happy birthday, old friend . Oops, I mean dear friend. You’re simply the best!
  • I’m not sure what birthday gifts 60-year-olds like, so I didn’t get you one. Just kidding! I’m taking you to the chiropractor after your birthday party . 
  • Say hello to even more gray hairs . It’s OK, though … gray has always been your color.
  • Happy 60th birthday ! I know the truth, but what age are you telling other people?
  • 60 years, huh? Life sure does have a sense of humor . Happy birthday!

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A 60th birthday is a special moment to celebrate. Take inspiration from these 60th birthday wishes to help you write a message that suits your style and relationship to the birthday honoree.

When it’s time to share your message, it doesn’t get easier than one of Greenvelope’s online cards . In just a few clicks, you can customize any template and send it to the recipient via email or text. For more ways to honor your favorite sexagenarian, don’t miss our list of awesome 60th birthday party ideas for celebrating this milestone. 

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60th Birthday Quotes and Sayings Worth Celebrating

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Is someone you love turning 60 years old? Remind them how awesome they are with these heartwarming 60th birthday quotes. Find original sayings from fun to inspirational that are perfect to add to gifts like books or photo albums, or to write in their birthday card to make them feel extra special. If you're throwing them a party, make signs with fun birthday quotes for turning 60 part of the decor. Whether it's a friend or family member, help the guest of honor reflect on their life so far and envision what wonderful things are in store for the future with the best 60th birthday quotes and sayings.

Heartfelt Turning 60 Quotes and Sayings

When you're trying to think of what to say for someone's 60th birthday, a quote can help you express the right words. Add a hearfelt saying to a card or sign to celebrate a special person's 60th birthday and make them smile. Short, sweet birthday quotes for turning 60 can be just the thing to share over the phone, in a text, or even to begin or end a toast for the special day.

  • Didn't you know? Your value goes up with age. Happy 60th birthday!
  • Age is just a number. It might say 60 in writing, but in my heart, you'll always be 29.
  • Sixty isn't so bad! It just means you've been a perfect ten six times in a row.
  • Everything gets better with age, just like you! Happy birthday.
  • Being 60 is the best. You can still have fun, but now you have the freedom.
  • Your eyes hold a special gleam; you're 60 years young, living the dream.
  • Sixty looks beautiful on you! Happy birthday.
  • People are like antiques: the higher the age, the more valuable. You, my friend, are truly valuable.
  • Happy birthday! You are 60 years of sunshine, brightening my day.
  • On this day 60 years ago, the world became a better place. I'm so thankful to have you in my life! Happy birthday.
  • I'm so thankful to be celebrating your 60th birthday with you. You make the world a more beautiful place every day.
  • You've done so much in your 60 years. Here's to another decade of wonderful memories!
  • Your genuine nature, wit, love, and compassion are a joy to be around. I'm honored to celebrate the 60th birthday of such a wonderful friend/family member.
  • Your love of life is contagious, and you make the world brighter each day. Wishing you a joy-filled, bright and beautiful 60th birthday!
  • You pour your love out to others every other day of the year. So today, on your birthday, I hope you can relax, recharge, and know how very loved you are. Happy 60th!
  • Wishing you a 60th birthday filled with smiles, laughter, and endless joy.
  • When I look at you, I know just what I want to be like when I'm 60. Happy birthday.

Inspirational 60th Birthday Quotes

A person who is turning 60 may have some mixed feelings on their birthday. They could be reflecting on how far they've come in life. Or, they might be wondering if they've really accomplished enough. Share inspirational quotes about turning 60 to rejuvenate them and excite them about what the next (and best) years of their life have in store. Sending 60th birthday wishes or greetings with an inspiring message can make their day.

  • Age is a beautiful work of art years in the making. Wear 60 proudly!
  • Happy 60th birthday. Today we honor you - you never let fear get in the way of your dreams, and you've created a life you should be proud of.
  • May the following years of your life be as fulfilling as the first 60. Happy birthday!
  • At 60, you have learned so much from life and can use your wisdom to keep making the world a better place. Happy 60th birthday.
  • When you live each day to the fullest, it makes turning 60 feel pretty rewarding. Here's to the next years of your life being incredible. Happy birthday.
  • On your 60th birthday, may you look back and see that you've lived an amazing life and touched so many hearts with your presence. Have a wonderful day.
  • Happy 60th birthday! Let's celebrate you and how far you've come in life. You are an inspiration and role model to all who know you.
  • It's not every day my favorite person gets to start a new decade of their life. Let's see what awesome memories we can make in these next 10! Have the happiest birthday yet.
  • I'm honored to wish such an incredible person a happy 60th birthday. Thanks for showing me how to laugh, love, and live with grace.

Cute and Quirky 60th Birthday Sayings

If your favorite 60-year-old has a good sense of humor, teasing them a little (in good fun) is okay. After all, by the time they've turned 60, most people can take a good senior joke or two. Make your friends and family chuckle with these sayings, or make them laugh out loud with funny 60th birthday quotes . Witty quotes can also make great slogans for 60th birthday parties or captions for images.

  • At 60, you're old enough to know better but too old to care! Here's to not caring!
  • Now that you're 60, it's perfectly acceptable to walk in the kitchen and not know why. You've just been preparing for this moment for the last 20 years.
  • Age is just a number. And for you, it's a huge number.
  • You might not be older than dirt, but you're definitely older than cell phones. Happy birthday!
  • If you put it in perspective, being 60 isn't so bad. I mean, in dog years, you're like 420. Happy birthday.
  • Having your 60th birthday isn't just about growing older. There is more gray hair and wrinkles to look forward to, as well.
  • True, being 60 comes with more gray hair and wrinkles, but there is the senior discount to look forward to. Happy birthday.
  • Sixty isn't all bad. You do have naps to look forward to.
  • Sixty is the golden age where you get to catch up on all that sleep you missed while you were 20, whether you want to or not! Happy Birthday.
  • Sixty might only be a number, but your birthday candles are definitely a fire hazard.
  • Happy 60th birthday! You know it's a challenging year when you pass out trying to blow out your candles.
  • Did you realize you've made 60 trips around the sun? Wow! That's a ton! Happy birthday.
  • Sixty is that magical age where the hair you can't grow on your head grows everywhere else. Happiest of birthdays!
  • You're smart, savvy, witty, and wise - and it only took you 60 years to get there! Happy birthday.

60th Birthday Quotes for Parents and Grandparents

If it's a parent or grandparent who is turning 60, these sayings are especially for them. Let them know how much they mean to you and how you look up to them with some sweet words from the heart. These 60th birthday sayings for him or her will celebrate your relationship and their big day in a special way. Your words just might just be the best gift for your grandparents .

  • To someone who always puts others first, today we put the spotlight on you and your accomplishments. Happy 60th birthday, Mom/Dad - here's to many more!
  • You might be growing older at 60, but you're also growing wiser in all the best ways. I hope to be half as wise as you, when I turn 60! Happy birthday, Grandma/Grandpa.
  • Turning 60 means you have six decades of life experience. I know who I'm asking next time I need some trustworthy advice. Happy birthday, oh wise one!
  • You're the picture of what it means to age gracefully, in health and spirit. Hopefully I've inherited some of those genes. Happy birthday, Mom/Dad.
  • Happy birthday, Grandma/Grandpa! You inspire me to life a life full of laughter and love just as you have for 60 years. I cherish every moment we spend together.
  • You make 60 seem like a pretty cool age. I can't wait to be like you! Happy birthday, Grandma/Grandpa.

Short 60th Birthday Poems

Short poems for a 60th birthday take your card or toast to the next level. Use a cute message in rhyme form about a 60th birthday, or be inspired to write your own sweet or funny poem for the birthday person. You can also post these verses on their social media page to help them celebrate their day and remind them of both the wonderful times they've had and the wonderful times that are ahead!

Someone So Dear

Happy 60th birthday To someone so dear. I wouldn't be anywhere else Than with you, right here. On a day so special, Let's dance and sing To celebrate your life - Nothing short of amazing.

The Best Year Yet

One thing that's always been true: You are loved by those who know you. An excellent listener and joke-teller, And nobody can make a meal better. Never making anyone feel small, Your presence is a comfort to all. Today, we celebrate your life, With cake and plenty of candles to light. I'm more than willing to bet Year sixty will be your best yet.

Not a Day Wasted

Out of your 21,915 days of life, You've never wasted one. May you continue to shine bright, And make each day fun.

Just a Number

Sixty is more than just a number, you see. Your eyes still sparkle with a special gleam. Wrinkles are evidence of lots of laughter, And gray hair makes you look charming and dapper. But what matters more is your loving heart, Which you've shown the world from the very start. For your birthday, let's have a toast: Here's to you - we love you the most!

Years Still to Come

On your 60th birthday, Look back on your life and smile. You've lived it to the fullest, Each moment worthwhile. Then, gaze forward At the years still to come. With endless possibilities, And even more wisdom.

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When someone you love is turning 60, they deserve to be spoiled with touching words about how special they are to you. Share the best 60th birthday quotes with them on their big day to make them feel loved. Whether you read it aloud in a toast, write it in a birthday card, or even squeeze it onto a cake , fun and meaningful 60th birthday sayings will help them soak in the moment.

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The best 60th birthday wishes can make turning 60 a little easier and a lot more special. Need ideas? Check out the examples of 60th birthday messages here. 

By Kevin Nishmas Updated: January 5, 2024

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You do not have to use these 60th birthday quotes word for word. You can change or combine them to create 60th birthday wishes that will make the birthday boy or girl feel absolutely wonderful. Make someone's big day special today. 

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How do you write 60th birthday wishes.

The best 60th birthday wishes do what every birthday message should do for anybody celebrating a milestone birthday: it should  make the birthday girl or boy feel better about getting older. This may call for some humor or lots of inspiration. The route you take is, of course, up to you.

60th birthday wishes mark a major milestone — turning 60. You should really honor this occasion with 60th birthday messages that celebrate everything wonderful about 60 year olds.

When my brother turned 60, he told me that he felt "old" for the first time in his life. If your loved one feels this way, should you bypass this emotion with a simple birthday greeting? No.

You send your loved ones 60th birthday wishes that lift their spirits. This requires serious humor and/or inspiration. The choice, of course, is up to you, based on what you think is the best route for the birthday girl or boy.

When people turn 60, their reaction can be positive or negative. Don't automatically assume that everyone dreads the big 6-0. For many people, it's tough — since they think it's the start of the last quarter of their life. That realization can easily make a person feel and act old, which has an impact on the type of 60th birthday wishes you should choose to write.

In other words, the reaction of the birthday girl or boy depends, as always, on their temperament and outlook. For this reason, writing "perfect" 60th birthday wishes may seem a tad daunting. Here are a few tips:

  • For birthday boys and girls who feel old at 60, inspirational 60th birthday wishes are the best way to lift their spirits.
  • For birthday gals and guys down on their luck, sentimental 60th birthday wishes are the perfect way to show them that they matter to you.
  • For hard-to-please loved ones (whether it's their 20th, 30th, 40th, 50th or 60th birthday), "happy" 60th birthday wishes are the safest route to take.

Of course, not all 60 year olds are created equal. For many, the 60s are the best time of all because they feel young at heart, yet are fortunately unburdened by the trappings of youth and may even have the resources to live their life-long dreams.

For this positive crowd, write any type of 60th birthday wishes, since any birthday greeting will just make these people appreciate their lives even more. If you want to pinpoint what's right for these 60 year olds, you need only look at their personalities:

  • For clever or cultured 60 year olds, write clever or cool 60th birthday wishes.
  • For sentimental 60 year olds, write sentimental or happy 60th birthday wishes.
  • For charismatic or "Type A" 60 year olds, try inspirational 60th birthday wishes.
  • For your 60 year old with a great sense of humor, funny 60th birthday wishes will do the trick.

Bottom line: The type of 60th birthday wishes you choose to write depends more on the birthday boy or girl than what you want to say. To get started, choose the option above that comes closest to his or her personality and/or attitude about life...and go from there.

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