New Year's Eve Toast

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Many of us will be proposing a toast or watching someone else propose one at our New Year's Eve party or as we watch the ball drop in the comfort of our homes. Proposing a toast is practiced during many holidays such as New Year's Eve and at many functions such as wedding receptions.

Toasting someone is wishing them goodwill or congratulating them on something. When toasting, some of us simply raise our glass in the air and propose a toast. While others actually touch or clink glasses together. In Ancient Greece people would make sure their glasses clinked together during toasting so that their beverage would slosh into the other person's glass. This would make sure that no one was trying to poison the other. Both glasses would end up with the same beverage in it and all would feel comfortable drinking after that.

The word toast came from the Greeks and Romans actually placing a piece of toast on the bowl of wine. It would lay or float in the bowl or goblet of wine to absorb some of it's acidity. It was custom for the last person to receive the bowl to eat the piece of toast too.

Proposing A Toast

Now that we know a little about where toasting came from it is time to get your toasting on!

  • Make sure it is an audience appropriate toast.
  • Please do not have one too many drinks before you propose your toast.

  • Begin with, “I would like to propose a toast....”

  • Be sincere.

  • Make sure you have prepared your speech if you have one.

  • Don't go on and on. Get to the point.

  • Face everyone with your back to no one

  • End your toast with your glass raised high in the air and end the toast with “cheers”

Receiving A Toast

  • Don't stand until the toast to you is over.
  • Always thank the person giving you the toast.

  • Never refuse the toast or not drink to your own toast. It is considered rude.

Toasts By Famous People

“Cheers to a New Year and another chance to get it right” - Oprah Winfrey

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.” - Abraham Lincoln

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” - Eleanor Roosevelt

I Would Like To Propose An Electronic Toast

I sit here with my coffee mug raised high in the air to all of you here on Hubpages wishing you a Happy New Year. I hope that you are all successful in whatever you set out to do this year.

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laurathegentleman 4 years ago from Chapel Hill, NC

*clink clink* This is a wonderful Hub! I'm looking forward to many toasts tonight, and to a great start to 2012! Thanks for the great Hub!


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JRice64 4 years ago from Virginia

My toast to a wonderful friend! I hope 2012 brings you and your family health, happiness and love! I wish for you much success in anything you do! You are such a special woman and have been a great and supportive friend for many years! Happy New Year! Cheers (raising my glass of diet 7-Up)! :)


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angela p 4 years ago from Richmond, Virginia Author

laurathegentleman - thanks for reading and commenting. Have fun and be safe tonight!


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angela p 4 years ago from Richmond, Virginia Author

JRice64 - Thank you my friend. You are wonderful and very supportive of me. Always have been. Cheers Cheers Cheers. Mix a little something with that 7UP won't you.

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