The vintage tradition of toasting

champagne glass

There’s something glorious in the act of toasting an accomplishment, an occasion or even a new year. Whether it’s a function room full of wedding celebrants or an intimate group around a dining table, it just feels good to raise your glass, clink it against someone else’s glass and send a whisper of good will into the atmosphere to work it’s magic.

Toasting is not a new innovation. As long as man has felt the need to pay homage, he’s done it by lifting a glass. According to the National Geographic blog The Plate, toasting used to actually involve a piece of crispy bread dropped into the glass, a tasty little bonus morsel. Falstaff calls for a jug of wine with a toast in it in The Merry Wives of Windsor. Sometime after that point, term stopped applying to sopping bread and started referring to the person to whom the glass was being raised.

If your New Year’s plans include a toast, you may have already started making some notes. But if you need a little inspiration, here’s some quotes to spark your imagination and some vintage glasses to raise.

champagne toasting

From top: Etched champagne coupes from SilverandBone on Etsy. Brass champagne flutes from sophisticatedflorida on Etsy. French silver plated champagne bucket from MaisonMaudie on Etsy.

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  1. Here is a toast to all of us who make VU a special place to hang out. WE have grown and learned so much this year. May we have many prosperous years ahead of us. I raise my glass to all of you! Happy New Year to all of you who have contributed in every way!

  2. “May your troubles be less, and your blessings be more, and nothing but happiness come through your door”

    I painted this saying years ago on a sign that hangs outside my mom’s house. It works just as well for a toast!

    Thank you for using the photo of my coupe champagnes in your post & Happy New Year to all 🙂

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