New Year's Toasts: A Five-Step Formula for the Perfect New
Do you want to give an impressive, memorable New Year's toast at
this year's New Year's Eve Party? Follow these five easy steps
for the perfect toast. Or you can use the completed toast in the
Use this five-step formula to create your own foolproof New
● Describe the good and bad aspects of the old year, both
in a positive light.
● Make a positive statement or statements about the
coming new year.
● Make a suggestion for a positive change in the new year.
● Acknowledge and compliment the people present at your
● Raise your glass higher and make one final short,
positive statement about the new year.
Now let's see how it works by actually creating a toast you can
Describe the good and bad aspects of the old year, both in a
"Here's to 2005: Let's be thankful for the favorable situations
it brought us, especially those we grabbed hold of and thrived
on. Here's to the not-so-fortunate things that happened and the
valuable lessons we learned from them, even if it's only 'I'll
never do that again!'"
Make a positive statement or statements about the coming new
"Here's to 2006: Let's look forward to it with happy
anticipation. In the bright new year, let us pursue success and
happiness as always,
Make a suggestion for a positive change in the new year, one
that everyone can nod their heads to, even if they don't intend
to make the change. Avoid lecturing or preaching:
and yet let us think a little less about ourselves and a little
more about how we can help others. Those opportunities are
numerous; let us take at least one of them."
Acknowledge and compliment the people present at your
"And here's to all of you (wave glass around). How privileged we
are to know each other. In the new year, let us find out more
about each other, enjoy each other's talents and gifts, and
encourage each other."
Raise your glass higher and make one final short, positive
statement about the new year:
"To 2006 (raise glass higher)--the best year ever!"
Following these five steps, you can create a great New Year's
toast each and every year. Just try it and see!
Copyright 2005 by Joanna Fuchs