Gentlemen’s Guide: How To Give A Toast

Men

July 9, 2018 | BY Hong Kong Tatler

Here's how to make your next toast a memorable one

“A.Langen

 



A toast can be the highlight of a party, as it gives the host and his or her guests a moment to connect on a more personal level. And while each toast is unique, there are certainly a few rules of thumb—read on to find out what they are to make your next toast a graceful yet memorable one:

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Make sure all glasses are filled

It's all about bringing people together,  so make sure each of your guests’ have a drink in hand before you make a toast. If you want to go the extra mile, a few minutes before you plan to make a toast, ask the wait staff to hand out glasses of champagne (or whatever you're drinking) to your guests—smooth move, right? 

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Gentlemen’s Guide: How To Give A Toast
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Not everyone's a drinker

As everyone should feel welcome and involved during a toast, make sure you have a selection of non-alcoholic options for non-drinkers. Rather than champagne, fill their glasses with non-alcoholic bubbly drinks or fun mocktails. Cheers! 

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Get their attention by standing and raising your glass

A good host is always aware of what's going on in the room, and this is especially so before making a toast. If someone leaves for a moment, wait until they’ve returned and when everyone is in the room, stand up, raise your glass and address that you're about to make a toast. Remember: it's always best to keep it short and sweet.

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