Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

how to give a toast in English

Have you been at an event where somebody had to give a toast?

Does this thought seem scary to you because you feel unsure of what you should say?

If you are at a dinner or party, what do you do when somebody asks you to give a toast?

This could happen, especially at this time of year and you want to be prepared.

We’ll help you with simple steps in how to give a toast, and how to make it something very positive.


Toasts Are Common To Tie People Together

This time of year is all about being together with family and friends.

You will often find that when you are with a group of people, giving a toast is a very common occurrence.

Giving a toast is taking your English to another level.

We’re going to help you to master the skill of giving a toast and make it great.

It’s all in what you say and how you deliver the message.

You want to get people’s attention by maybe clinking your fork on the side of the glass.

Then if you follow the three steps below, it will help you to make it a successful toast.


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Three Steps To Giving A Good Toast

If you find yourself in this situation of having to give a toast, you want to follow these three steps.

Take a deep breath, be confident and positive, and use these three steps to give you the framework of a great toast.

  1. Start by thanking your host: “First of all I’d like to start by thanking our gracious host.” Say who you are thanking and why. Maybe thank them for having you in their home or for hosting this party. Showing your gratitude is a humble and good way to start off a toast. Complimenting others is a wonderful start and it takes the focus off of you too. You are facilitating the chance to thank the hosts and put the spotlight on them. It’s a winning start to a great toast. You can thank them for organizing for the food, or even the environment like their home.
  2. Recognize people when appropriate: In a more informal environment, you could choose one or two people to congratulate on something big that they did that year. It could be a promotion or it could be having a baby. It’s an honor to be recognized, and so this works really well. Know your audience and who you are talking to. Be tactful about what you are saying and you keep it positive. It’s another great way to compliment people and to turn it into a positive event.
  3. Talk about the future: Talk about the plans for the future with your company or with the group that you are with. Look for the thing that you share with the people you are with. Again know your audience, but it’s looking towards the future in a positive way. You may share a common goal or you may just be living the future together. It gives everyone something positive and it gives you something to talk about after the toast is over. You want to close it by saying “here’s to us and to the future.” You want to close it up and then clink glasses. it’s a great way to end things and also open it up to others to discuss the plans for the future moving forward.

If you follow these three steps and remain positive, you will give an amazing toast.



There may very well come a time where you are asked to give a toast, especially at this time of year.

You want to be prepared to make it a toast that makes everyone happy.

If you follow these three tips, it can make for a toast that is positive and uplifting.

This is a great way to take your English to the next level and to create something meaningful and memorable for your audience.

This is how you make connections and memories all at the same time!


If you have any questions, please leave them below in the comments section.

We’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

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