December 27, 2019

Famous Toast to Get You Ready For New Year’s Eve

As we countdown 2019, many of us will be celebrating with a glass of champagne, or perhaps, some sparkling wine. But what do you say when the clock strikes down and people are celebrating with toasts?

Let’s take a page from Hollywood and check out some of these famous toasts (New Year’s celebration not required). 

For the New Year

Oprah wants your New Year’s toast to be classy and memorable–even if that means borrowing from the Hollywood elite or from old Irish proverbs. Here are two of our favorites.

  • “To be happy is a choice you make every day, every hour. And refining and renewing that state is a constant pursuit.” — Julia Roberts
  • “Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one.” — Brad Paisley

For a Wedding

What better way to learn how to toast than reviewing wedding toasts? Maybe you aren’t telling people to be the best person they can be. But a real tear-jerking or laugh-out-loud toast has many points to learn from.

  • Four Weddings and a Funeral: Hugh Grant takes this best man speech through all sorts of feelings: witt, charm and self-deprecation to make all of us let out an audible, “awwe.” 
  • My Best Friend’s Wedding: You have love, you have friendship, and you have an apology. What else could you want in a wedding toast?

For Friends. For Family. For all.

If you’re ringing in the new year with your besties, or your families,  the midnight toasts may start even earlier than the ball drop. Here are some of our must do toasts to bring in the most amazing 2020.

  • “Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow ye diet.”
  • “As you slide down the banisters of life, may the splinters never point the wrong way.”
  • “Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • “Here’s a toast to the future, a toast to the past, and a toast to our friends, far and near. The past a bright dream; may our friends remain faithful and clear.”

Looking to write your own toast? Remember these tips:

  1. Know your audience
  2. Be up-to-date on the lingo
  3. Nobody wants advice that’s not from someone notable 
  4. Include the group
  5. End on a positive note

Want to practice your toast? Stop by Happy Hour!

Who says happy hour is only for the weekend? At Cork, we have Happy Hour every Monday through Friday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Just promise us your toast won’t turn into the speech from Bridesmaids

Make Cork part of your New Year’s Eve Experience!

Need a new favorite restaurant for 2020? Cork is the place to be! Want to share the experience with friends? Give a gift that keeps giving– a Cork gift card!

Check out our New Year’s Eve drinks on this PALive Segment: Click here to watch

We look forward to serving you at all of our fine establishments:                                        

The Beaumont Inn;

The River Street Jazz Cafe;



Cork Bar & Restaurant;

Le Manhattan Bistro;

Fire and Ice