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How to Master the Art of Giving a Toast

August 21, 2017  |     |   0 Comment

If you have ever hosted a business or social event that takes place over a meal, it is important to know your duties and the proper protocol for giving a toast.  There are two traditional toasts given by the Host.  The first is the welcome toast that takes place before the meal begins.  The second toast is given by the Host to the Guest of Honour (if there is one) as the dessert course is being served.

At the beginning of a meal, it is proper etiquette for the Host to rise and welcome all of her or his guests.  A savvy Host should remember the 3 B’s of toasting – begin, be brief, be seated! Keep it simple.  Less, is more.  An example of a good welcome toast is:

“Good Evening.  I would like to welcome each of you to this evening’s festivities.  Please enjoy your meal. Cheers.”

Everyone can raise their glass to this toast and take a sip of their beverage.  You are not obligated to clink glasses or go around to everyone at your table. However, do make eye contact with each person at your table if it is a small group.  If you are dining with a larger group, do so with those in your vicinity.

If there is a Guest of Honour, the second toast is given by the Host to the Guest of Honour when the dessert course is being served.  The Guest of Honour is always seated directly to the right side of the Host.  The Host would rise and propose a toast to the Guest of Honour by acknowledging accomplishments, a working relationship, or a special occasion.  The Host and everyone present should drink to this toast –  except the Guest of Honour.  Protocol dictates that one never drinks a toast to oneself.

Again, the toast should be quite simple and always use the name of the Guest of Honour in it, for example:

 “Please join me in a toast to our Guest of Honour, Jane Smith. Thank you, Jane, for helping to organize this very special event this evening.  To Jane.  Cheers.”

During this toast, the Guest of Honour would remain seated, and not pick up her or his glass.  There is the tendency to drink from a glass when one is holding it.  It is proper etiquette for the Guest of Honour to then respond to this toast.  The Guest of Honour would rise to return the toast for the Host’s generous and kind words, such as:

 “Thank you, Erin, for your kind words. This evening has been fun and informative.  To Erin. Cheers”

The Host would remain seated for this toast, and not pick up her or his glass. The Guest of Honour and everyone present should drink to the toast – except the Host, because one never drinks a toast to oneself.

As a Host, it is important that you are aware of your toast duties when entertaining over a meal.  Practice these toasting protocol tips to ensure that you shine at your next event!


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