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Raise your glass to this: A top-notch toast adds sparkle to any gathering. Try these helpful hints to give a meaningful toast at your next party:

It’s natural to be nervous when speaking in front of a group but remember: The focus of the toast is on the honoree or event. It helps if you start with the sentiment you’re trying to convey, whether it’s congratulations or good luck. Also, a good toast needn’t be epic in length—two to three sentences are sufficient. Jot down what you wish to say in advance, and practice the toast aloud a few times to avoid jitters.

Sincerity is key to a successful toast. Recall a favorite memory regarding the honoree and avoid inside jokes. If you find yourself at a loss for words, you can always fall back on tried-and-true sayings such as “All the best.”

To get everyone’s attention, raise your glass (any beverage will work) to eye level. Stand up if you’re with a large group. Before proposing a toast, try to make sure everyone’s glass is full—otherwise that puts pressure on the host to quickly fill glasses. When the toast is over, clink glasses with people sitting nearby. If you receive the toast, don’t take a drink. Smile and thank the toast-giver for the kind words.

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