When you make a toast, you can turn a simple occasion into a festive, memorable event.
Toasting is a tradition of goodwill. Words are spoken and a drink is taken as an expression of welcome, or in honor of a person, group or occasion.
Toasting is also important to have in your business skill set. You may be in a situation where you want to welcome someone new to a company or group, welcome an important visitor, bid a colleague goodbye, or launch a new idea or announce a new service.
Whether social or business, most any occasion deserves a toast.
The host of the gathering or event will give the first toast, usually at the beginning of the meal in the form of a welcome. It would also be appropriate at this time to toast the guest of honor, although this is often done at the dessert course.
If the host doesn’t offer a toast, a guest may propose a toast saluting the hosts once the meal has begun.
And if the gathering is informal, and no particular person is hosting, anyone can make a toast, perhaps "To all of us!"
What's not to celebrate? Life is a special occasion!
You might toast in recognition of a new job, promotion, or opportunity. Graduations, engagements, weddings, births, or a memorial toast for the dearly departed.
Toast a special guest or a VIP. Toast someone you'd like to thank for a job well done. This type of acknowledgement is always appreciated.
The first toast is usually proposed as soon as the wine or other beverages have been served. Sometimes the host decides to separate the welcoming remarks, and saves a spot midway during the dinner for a special toast to the guest of honor.
At the conclusion of the meal, before or after dessert, when champagne glasses have been placed at the table, the host has something special in mind. Perhaps it is honoring the special guest, advancing a cause, or announcing something very special.
If no special glasses are set, the concluding toast can be made by any guest who wishes to honor another guest at the table. But only after the host has taken the opportunity to make a toast. Many times at a dinner, several toasts are offered for guests present.
The more people you include in your toast, the more happiness will be generated! Bubbly drinks aren't necessary, but they certainly make the occasion fun.
Here’s to us that are here, to you that are there, and the rest of us everywhere.
~ Rudyard Kipling
However, the most important thing to remember when you make a toast is to have fun! Toasts are a celebration and should be accompanied by joy and laughter.
Here's to you!