December 28, 1998
Toasts to boast about
A well-crafted toast can make a simple moment more special. Follow these tips, courtesy of Korbel Champagne, to make your next toast sparkle:
Toasts can be sealed with a sip of champagne, wine, a mixed drink, or a non-alcoholic beverage. Never refuse to participate in a toast. It is better to toast with an empty glass than not at all.
- Stand Tall: Always stand when delivering a toast and hold the glass straight from your shoulder in your right hand.
- Practice Makes Perfect: Prepare ahead of time and keep it short. If you haven't given thought to your toast, it will most likely run too long.
- Be Positive: A toast should always end on a positive note and alert the guests to join in. For example, clearly define the end by saying "Cheers!" or asking the audience to "Raise your glass."
- Clink Before You Drink: It is customary to clink glasses after the toast is given, but before it is drunk. This tradition is meant to ward off evil spirits.