115 Best Birthday wishes for Friends and Family
A fabulous collection of simple birthday wishes to wish friends, family, or a coworker a very happy birthday on their special day!
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Last updated: 13 September 2018
Short & Simple Happy Birthday Wishes
Short and simple happy birthday wishes for friends, family, and co-workers. Pop in a card or send a message, they'll help you express your best wishes to the birthday gal or guy!
Happy birthday! Have a great day.
Wishing you a happy birthday!
Happy birthday. Here's to the next [insert age] years.
Have a very special birthday and a wonderful year ahead!
Congratulations on your birthday. Wishing you a truly fabulous day.
Many happy returns on your birthday.
Warmest wishes for a very happy birthday.
Wishing you a happy and healthy birthday.
Happy birthday to such a great [guy/gal/friend], I hope you have a fun day today!
Happy birthday! I hope you have a great day today and the year ahead is full of many blessings.
Many happy returns on your birthday! Have a great day.
Wishing you all the best on your birthday! I hope you have a wonderful day.
Happy Birthday wishes for Friends
A birthday is a great time to tell a friend how much they mean to you! Use these simple birthday message examples as a starting point, and personalize further to make your friend feel extra-loved on their birthday.
Happy birthday! I'm so grateful for your friendship and all the fun times we've had together this year. Here's to many more!
Happy birthday to such a fabulous friend! Wishing you many blessings for the year ahead.
Happy birthday to my crazy, fun, fabulous best friend! I love you to the moon and back and am so grateful for your friendship and all the fun times we've shared this year. I hope you have a great day!
Happy birthday to my best buddy! I hope you have a good one.
Many happy returns on your birthday! I know this past year has had some tough times but I hope that the coming year brings you the good fortune you deserve. You're a great friend and I am so thankful for your presence in my life.
Happy birthday to my gorgeous friend, you're the best! I hope you have a brilliant day.
Wishing you a wonderful birthday and a fantastic year ahead! Thanks for being such a dear friend.
Wishing you a very happy birthday and all the best for the coming year. Thanks for being such a great friend!
You're such a generous, kind, fabulous person and I'm so lucky to have you as a friend. Wishing you an extra special birthday and best wishes for the year ahead.
Happy birthday! Love you lots and can't wait to celebrate your birthday with you [tonight/on the weekend etc]. Thanks for being such a great friend!
Funny Birthday Wishes
A collection of funny birthday messages about the joys and pitfalls of ageing. These happy birthday wishes are great for family and friends.
Funny Birthday Messages - About Age
Happy birthday! Don't forget to iron that birthday suit.
You're [insert age]? Better take that cake outdoors to light the candles! Have a very happy birthday.
[insert age] is a perfect age. You're old enough to recognize your mistakes but young enough to make some more. Happy birthday!
Happy birthday! I'm so pleased to hear you're over the hill instead of under it.
Happy birthday. It took you [insert age] years to look this good!
I wouldn't say you're old... you've just been young for longer than most of us. Happy Birthday!
You're not getting older... just more distinguished! Happy birthday.
By the time you're [insert age] you've learned everything - you only have to remember it! Many happy returns on your birthday.
...at ageing. Can you at least try to look older?
Funny birthday one-liners
Don't let ageing get you down. It's too hard to get up again!
You are so old, you walked into an antique shop and they sold you.
You know you're getting old when you can't walk past a bathroom without thinking, "I may as well pee while I'm here."
You know you're old when you turn down the lights to be economical instead of romantic.
Q: What goes up and never comes down?
A: Your age!
You know you're getting older when an "all-nighter" means not getting up to pee.
Middle Age Birthday Wishes
Middle age: that time when you finally get your head together - then your body starts falling apart.
Middle age is when your age starts to show around your middle.
Middle age... when "happy hour" is a nap!
Night sweats and hot flashes are nature's way of lowering your heating bill so you can save more money for your retirement.
How do you know you've hit middle-age? In preparation for a big sneeze you cross your legs really hard and hope for the best!
Funny birthday messages about grey hair
Those aren't grey hairs you see. They're strands of birthday glitter growing out of your head.
A little grey hair is a small price to pay for so much wisdom.
You know you're getting old when the little old grey-haired lady you helped across the street is your wife.
Don't worry, they are not grey hairs, they are wisdom highlights. You just happen to be extremely wise.
If grey hair is a sign of wisdom, then you're a genius!
More Funny Birthday Messages
A wise man once said, "Forget about your past, you cannot change it". I'd like to add: "Forget about your present, I didn't get you one".
I spent 3 hours searching the internet for the perfect birthday message for you and then I gave up. Happy Birthday.
I wanted to get you something truly amazing and inspiring for your birthday and then I remembered that you already have me.
Happy Birthday wishes for Family
A birthday is a great time to tell a person how important they are in your life. These birthday wishes for family are a mix of sentiments for different family members, and are a great starting point. We've included example birthday wishes for your mom or dad, brother or sister, and son or daughter as a starting point. Personalize them further or leave them as is, it's up to you!
Sweet Birthday Wishes for Family
Happy birthday [Mom/Dad]! Thanks for being all-round amazing and looking after me all these years. I love you!
Happy birthday [son/daughter]! I love you and am so proud of the person you've become.
Happy birthday to my [sister/brother]! Thanks for making family life so much fun! I hope you have an amazing birthday.
Wishing you a very happy birthday and many blessings for the year ahead. Thanks for being the best [mom/dad/brother/sister], I'm so lucky to have you!
Many happy returns on your [insert age] birthday! You're a wonderful [son/daughter] and we're so proud of all the things you've achieved this past year. Here's to a wonderful year ahead, we hope all your dreams come true!
Happy Birthday to the world's coolest [sister/brother]. I hope you have an awesome birthday!
Funny Birthday Wishes for Family
To an older [brother/sister]: It's the day when I remind you that I'm younger than you and I always will be! Happy Birthday!
Happy Birthday Dad! When I grow up I want to be just like you... but hopefully with more hair! Love, your son.
Happy Birthday to the world's best
Happy Birthday to a [Mom/Dad] who's smart and funny and good looking, from a [daughter/son] who inherited all your best qualities.
Birthday wishes for your Boss, Colleague, or Coworker
You spend the most-part of every day with your co-workers, so it's always a nice gesture to wish them a happy birthday. These simple sentiments are perfect for wishing a co-worker or boss a very happy birthday but keeping it professional too.
Happy birthday! You're such a great friend and co-worker. I hope you have a lovely day.
Happy birthday! Thanks for all that you do for our team. We hope you have a great birthday!
Many happy returns on your birthday today from all of us at [insert company name]. We hope you have a wonderful day!
Work just wouldn't be as much fun without your company! Thanks for all the great coffee breaks and sharing the load. Hope you have a great birthday today!
Happy birthday to my office buddy! Thanks for making work such a great place to be. I hope you have a wonderful day and a brilliant year ahead!
Tip: Mention something you admire about your coworker
Each of us likes to feel appreciated, and a birthday is an opportunity to let your coworker know something you appreciate about them. Keep it real and choose something you genuinely admire. Here are some examples.
Happy Birthday to one of the most productive people around here! Someday you'll have to teach us your secret to getting so much done.
Happy Birthday to one of the most smiley people in the office! Thanks for making our office a brighter place with your sunny attitude.
Dear [name], it's amazing how you keep things running smoothly around here. Thanks for keeping us all organised. Happy Birthday and many happy returns!
Dear [name], Happy Birthday! Thanks for answering all my questions and helping me settle in since I joined the team. I've learned so much from you!
Happy Birthday to someone who radiates calm! One day you'll have to teach us your secret to staying cool under pressure. Thanks for keeping the rest of us sane.
Happy Birthday wishes from a distance
On occasions like birthdays the sense of distance can feel greater, so making an effort to wish someone a happy birthday and tell them you're thinking of them can make all the difference. These belated birthday wishes are written with that purpose in mind.
Happy birthday all the way from [insert your location]. I hope you have a fabulous day and be sure to eat an extra slice of cake for me!
Happy birthday! Wishing you a wonderful day today, and looking forward to seeing you in [insert month].
Happy birthday dear friend! Raising a glass to your continued health and happiness all the way from [insert location]. I hope you have a great day!
Thinking of you on your birthday! We hope you have a great day and wish you all the best for the coming year. We're so excited you're coming to visit in [insert month], and can't wait to see you then!
Congratulations on your birthday! Sending you our love and good wishes all the way from [insert location].
Wishing you a very happy birthday and all the best wishes for an exciting and fun-filled year ahead. With lots of love from [insert location].
Many happy returns to you on your birthday! We hope you have a wonderful day full of friends, family, and cake! Sorry we can't be there this year and we hope to catch up next time we're in the neighbourhood.
Wishing you all the best on your birthday! Sorry to miss you on such an wonderful day. We're thinking of you all the way from [insert location] and raising a glass to your good health.
Wishing you many happy returns on your special day! Sending all our love from [insert location]. We miss you!
Wishing you many blessings on your special day. We miss you! We hope you have a wonderful birthday and look forward to seeing you at [insert month, or event eg. Christmas].
Belated Birthday Wishes
Oh no! Did you miss their birthday? Here are some happy belated birthday messages to get back into their good books.
Happy belated Birthday! I'm so sorry I forgot to write earlier, but how do you expect me to remember your birthday if you never look any older?
I promise this card isn't late. It is intentionally arriving after your birth-day, because I think you deserve a whole birth-month. Happy Birth-month!
Dear [name], HBBD! That stands for Happy Belated Birthday! Love, YTDF (Your Terribly Disorganized Friend)
I know you think this card is a few days late. It's actually worse than that. This is your card from 2010 that I only just got around to sending. Happy Belated Birthday!
Happy Birthday! Don't think of this as a late birthday card. Consider it a very early one for next year. Here's wishing you a wonderful year ahead!
Sorry I missed your birthday by several days, but happy birthday anyways!
I'm so sorry I forgot your birthday. The good news is that I also forgot your age. Happy belated Birthday!
I'm so sorry I forgot your birthday. The good news is that if you forget mine next year I'll forgive you. Happy Belated Birthday!
Happy Birthday Quotes
Draw on the wisdom of others as you wish someone special a very happy birthday. These birthday quotes are a mix of funny and wise, and work well as greeting card birthday wishes or in a birthday speech.
"Ageing" Birthday Quotes
"Birthdays are good for you. Statistics show
that the people who have the most live the longest."
- Larry Lorenzoni
"Age is strictly a case of mind over matter.
If you don't mind, it doesn't matter."
- Jack Benny
"Age is a matter of feeling, not of year."
- George William Curtis
"Old age is like underwear... it creeps up on you"
"Birthdays are nature's way of telling us to eat more cake"
"Just remember, once you're over the hill you begin to pick up speed"
- Charles Schulz
"It's never too late to be what you want to be. Unless you want to be younger. Then you're screwed"
"With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come."
- William Shakespeare
"Getting Old" Funny Birthday Quotes
"When your friends begin to flatter you on how young you look, it's a sure sign you're getting old"
- Mark Twain
"As men get older, the toys get more expensive"
- Marvin Davis
"Age is not important unless you're a cheese"
- Helen Hayes
"The tragedy of getting old: So many candles... so little cake"
"Youth in Old Age" Birthday Quotes
"You are only young once, but you can be immature for a lifetime."
- John Grier
"Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional."
- Chili Davis
If things get better with age then you're approaching magnificent"
When I have a birthday I take the day off. But when my wife has a birthday, she takes a year or two off"
"Youth is a gift of nature but age is a work of art."
- Stanislaw Lec
"The secret of staying young is to live honestly,
eat slowly, and lie about your age."
- Lucille Ball
Thirty-five is a very attractive age. London society is full of women of the very highest birth
who have, of their own free choice, remained thirty-five for years."
- Oscar Wilde
"Old age is always 15 years older than I am."
- Bernard Baruch
Middle Age Birthday Quotes
"One of the many things nobody ever tells you about middle age
is that it's such a nice change from being young."
- Dorothy Canfield Fisher
"Middle age is when your age begins to show around your middle."
- Bob Hope
"Middle age is when you're sitting at home on a Saturday night
and the telephone rings and you hope it isn't for you."
- Ogden Nash
"Middle age is when a man has got a handle on life and life has put handles on his waist"
"Forty is the age of youth. Fifty is the youth of old age"
- Victor Hugo
"The years between fifty and seventy are the hardest. You are always being asked to do things, and yet you are not decrepit enough to turn them down."
- T. S. Eliot
"The only time you really live fully is from thirty to sixty. The young are slaves to dreams; the old servants of regrets. Only the middle-aged have all their five senses in the keeping of their wits."
- Theodore Roosevelt
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