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A Guide to Proposing Toasts

By Protocol and Special Events Branch Department of Premier and Cabinet, Victoria  

Toasts are the traditional way of paying respect to a person, organisation or an ideal. They are generally related to a hospitality occasion such as a dinner, luncheon or cocktail reception where guests will consume beverages as part of the activity.

Toasts may be drunk in alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages.

Guests rise to honour a toast unless there are physical reasons which prohibit them from doing so.

If the toast is to a person who is present, that person does not rise or drink the toast.

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