25 Inspiring New Year's Toasts That Pair Perfectly With Champagne

Juliana LaBianca
·4-min read

From Good Housekeeping

A spectacular New Year's Eve party requires a few things: glittery outfits, bubbly champagne, and lots and lots of festive cheer. After all, this holiday is all about fresh starts and new beginnings — and so it's absolutely imperative that you kick things off with a bang. But before you get caught up finding the perfect New Year's Eve decorations, finger foods, and Instagram captions, you'll want to make sure you've found something else: a fabulous New Year's toast.

Sure, you don't need to make a New Year's toast before you clink glasses. But if you do, your guests (or more likely this year, the members of your immediate household or Zoom party) will remember it. That's why we've found the best New Year's Eve toasts that will help get the party started and the champagne flowing. From toasts that acknowledge the challenges of the past year to ones that look ahead at the good times to come, you're bound to find something you'll want to memorize ahead of the big day. It might even become a New Year's Eve tradition that you repeat year after year. And to that we say, "Cheers!"

Inspirational New Year's Toasts

Photo credit: Carol Yepes - Getty Images
Photo credit: Carol Yepes - Getty Images
  • "May the best of your past be the worst of your future."

  • "May your troubles be less and your blessings be more, and nothing but happiness come through your door." — Irish Blessing

  • "Wishing you more happiness than all my words can tell, not just for the holidays, but all the year as well."

  • "In the New Year, may your right hand always be stretched out in friendship, but never in want." — Irish Toast

  • "A New Year’s toast to love and laughter and happily ever after."

  • "Here's to a bright New Year and a fond farewell to the old; Here's to the things that are yet to come and to the memories that we hold."

  • "Get excited about the future. The past won’t mind." — Hillary DePiano

  • "May the road rise to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and the rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand." — Irish Blessing

  • "Here’s a toast to the future, a toast to the past, and a toast to our friends, far and near."

  • "Out with the old, in with the new, cheers to the future, and all that we do."

  • "For last year's words belong to last year's language, and next year's words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning." — T.S. Eliot

  • "Here's to the year past and friends who have left us. Here's to the present and the friends who are here. Here's to the New Year and the new friends who will join us." — Emily Post

Funny New Year's Toasts

  • "To the holidays — all 365 of them."

  • "Here's to those who've seen us at our best and seen us at our worst and can't tell the difference."

  • "An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves." — Bill Vaughan

  • "I would rather be with the people in this room than with the finest people I know."

  • "May you always have love in your hearts and champagne in your belly."

  • "May all your troubles during the coming year be as short as your New Year's resolutions."

  • "I used to know a clever toast, but pshaw! I cannot think of it — so fill your glass to anything and, bless your souls, I'll drink to it!" — Wallace Irwin

  • "Here’s to champagne for our real friends, and real pain to our sham friends."

  • "May you live to be 100 and may the last voice you hear be mine." — Frank Sinatra

  • "He who breaks a resolution is a weakling; he who makes one is a fool." — F.M. Knowles

  • "Some ships are wooden ships, but those ships may sink. The best ships are friendships, and to those ships, we drink."

  • "With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come." — William Shakespeare

  • "Here's to doing and drinking, not sitting and thinking."

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