Use our helpful tips to deliver a toast your guests are sure to remember.
[MUSIC] Hi, I'm Kimberly Schlegle Whitman, Editor-at-Large at Southern Living. Special occasions call for heartfelt toasts and I have a few tips for you to make your toast perfect. Be brief. It's best to stay under two to three minutes. And rehearse. You know, even spontaneity sometimes needs a little bit of forethought. Avoid tapping your glass. To get and keep the crowd's attention, simply stand up straight and speak loudly. Don't drink to yourself. If you're receiving a toast, avoid raising your glass and just stay seated. If you're a guest at an event, let the host toast first. If you see champagne glasses on the table, it probably means that toasts are planned for the dessert course. Never refuse to participate. Even if you're a non-drinker, raising an empty class is more polite than raising no glass at all. If you're hosting an event and you'd like another guest to toast the honoree, it's polite to call them a week or so in advance to let them know. I hope these tips help perfect your next toast. For more style and party ideas check out southernliving.com. [MUSIC]