San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) October 27, 2008
The holiday season brings together people in a variety of celebrations, from the annual turkey carving to cozy dinners to parties welcoming the New Year. And, a thoughtful toast always adds to the occasion. GreatDad.com (http://greatdad.com), a leading source of experience, recommendations, inspiration and advice for dads, offers tips on toasting to help make the most of a toast, whether you are looking for words of wisdom or hoping to create your own memorable moments.
"Dads are often expected to raise the first glass and offer inspiring remarks, as family and friends come together with anticipation and cheer," said Paul Banas, CEO of Greatdad.com. "Holidays events are wonderful opportunities for dads to rise to the occasion, deliver unforgettable words, and set forth a tradition for generations to follow."
Five Top Toasting Tips
Prepare remarks in advance and be yourself. It's a good idea to write out your toast and get comfortable with it. This way, you can convey your remarks with ease.
Stand and deliver. Be sure to get everyone's attention before making the toast. While the room need not be quiet enough to hear a pin drop, you do want to make sure that you have a captive audience.
Keep it brief. Most of us have a family member known as the "rambling relative" when it comes to toasting. Remember to pay attention to your audience and the time, so that your toast warms everyone's hearts and ensures the food doesn't go cold.
Humor is fine. Make sure that you keep it light and natural. If you plan to include a joke, be sure to practice (and always know the punchline).
Make sure everyone has something to toast along with you. It's also appropriate to include non-alcoholic drinks. A favorite for kids is sparkling cider.
"Toasting is a great way to kick off any occasion and doesn't have to be reserved for formal affairs," said Jeremy Soine of Barefoot Wine & Bubbly. "Raising your glass and recognizing your friends and loved ones is a sign that the fun is just around the corner, whether at a family dinner, a neighbor's backyard pool party, or your best friend's wedding reception."
The Toasts with the Mosts
Toasting is a time-honored tradition that has been around for at least two millennia. According to several sources, as early at the 6th Century B.C. the Greeks embarked on toasting as a way to prove their libations were poison free. The actual English term "toast" comes from the ancient Roman practice of dropping a piece of burnt toast into wine. Charcoal from the toast would help reduce the acidity of the wine (and even mask a less than appealing vintage). Wines have certainly come along way since then.
For a selection of time-tested toasts and tips, visit http://greatdad.com/holidays
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Editors' Note: Paul Banas is available for media interviews upon request