100+ Alternative Ways to Say "Happy Birthday!"

Updated on November 13, 2019
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Why wish someone something a little more creative than "happy birthday" this year?
Why wish someone something a little more creative than "happy birthday" this year? | Source

We all know people are tired of hearing age-related jokes on their birthday, but I think it’s equally tiring to hear the old adage “happy birthday” every single year. While there’s nothing wrong with this classic phrase, we can always do better.

The intention of this list is to help you get creative with your wishes! There are countless ways to deliver birthday greetings. All we have to do is tap into the stream of ingenuity. We can be inventive, funny, witty, or clever about it. What’s important is that the message remains intact.

So, help yourself to this collection of alternative ways to say “happy birthday!” Break the norm and add some spark to the celebration.

New and Different Ways to Say “Happy Birthday”

  • A million magic wishes to you!
  • A remarkable year to come!
  • All the best to you and the years to come.
  • Blow the candle and make a wish.
  • Haberday!
  • Happy anni-birth-sary!
  • Happy anniversary with life.
  • Happy Beerday!
  • Happy birthday you. Did you know that you’re one of the few people in the world that I can actually tolerate?
  • Happy day of birth to you!
  • Happy level-up day!
  • Happy oldieth birthday.
  • Have a blast!
  • Have a smashing birthday.
  • Have a spectacular time.
  • Have an awesome day.
  • HBD!
  • Here’s a bouquet of happiness for you.
  • How old are you again? 63?!
  • I wish you never stop enjoying all the happy, little moments in your life.
  • I’m happy that you were born on this day.
  • It’s another year, and it’s still the same old you.
  • It's time to celebrate!
  • Let’s party!
  • Let’s raise a toast to you and your life.
  • Many more days, months, and years to come for you.
  • May this day be as special as you are.
  • The more candles you blow, the merrier. Blow them all away and wish for the best!
  • May your day be filled with sweet things and cake.
  • Sending laughter and joy on your way.
  • To your good health.
  • To your happiness.
  • Wishing you a day that is overflowing with beer and happiness.

A million magic wishes to you!
A million magic wishes to you! | Source

How to Say “Happy Birthday” in Different Languages

  • Alles Gute zum Geburtstag – German.
  • Bon Anniversaire – French.
  • Buon Compleanno – Italian.
  • Charoúmena Genéthlia – Greek.
  • Eyd Mawlid Saeid – Arabic.
  • Feliz Aniversario – Portugese.
  • Feliz Cumpleaños – Spanish.
  • Furaha ya Kuzaliwa – Swahili.
  • Gefeliciteerd Met Je Verjaardag – Dutch.
  • Gratulerer Med Dagen – Norwegian.
  • Hauʻoli lā hānau – Hawaiian.
  • La Multi Ani – Romanian.
  • Maligayang Kaarawan – Filipino.
  • Otanjoubi Omedetou – Japanese.
  • Saeng-il Chugha – Korean.
  • Selamat Hari Lahir – Malaysian.
  • Selamat Ulang Tahun – Indonesian.
  • Sheng Ri Kuai Le – Chinese.
  • Veels Geluk Met Jou Verjaarsdag – Afrikaans.

Funny Birthday Messages and Wishes

  • Another step to the grave.
  • Call me if you need help disposing of a body. Since it’s your birthday, the first one is free of charge.
  • Can you believe it?! I remembered your birthday without Facebook reminding me about it. Happy birthday!
  • Cheers, you just went from b*tch to old b*tch!
  • Congratulations, you’re another year closer to death.
  • Don’t mind the past for you can’t change it. Stop thinking about the future for you can’t anticipate it. Pay no heed about the present for I didn’t get you one.
  • Enjoy the dash between the two dates on your tombstone.
  • Here’s to aging and wrinkles.
  • Hmmm...didn’t we celebrate this just a year ago?
  • Hooray, you just survived another year.
  • I know it’s your special day but please take it slow. Too many birthdays can kill you.
  • I know you’re old but I still got you a toy, so enjoy!
  • I salute you for not being dead till this day.
  • I see you’re still alive. Congratulations!
  • I’m greeting you first so that I can feel superior to the rest of your well-wishers. Hence, happy birthday!
  • Isn’t it weird that we’re celebrating at regular intervals as your life runs out? Anyway, cheers to you!
  • It’s your day. Take it as a chance to do something stupid.
  • May this special day of yours be absolutely terrific, and your hangover be compassionately negligible.
  • May you be as fabulous as me on this special day of yours.
  • Merry Christmas! Don’t ask.
  • Now, now, don’t get all weird about getting older, you hear me.
  • Oh, come on! Quit being younger than me!
  • Okay, happy birthday. Now get back to work!
  • Open your Facebook for this is the only day you’ll receive tons of heartfelt greetings from people you never talked to in ages.
  • Remember that I will always be there to pick you up when you fall. But only after I stop laughing. Happy birthday, my friend!
  • This is the perfect day to thank me for remembering your birthday.
  • Today’s a great excuse for you to make some bad decisions. Let’s party!
  • Well, at least you’re not as old as you will be next year.
  • Woah, you made it to another year without dying. Congratulations!
  • Wow, you made another 365-day revolution around the sun! I hope you always enjoy your trips.
  • Let’s eat cake, drink booze, and party all day and night. After all, it’s your birthday!
  • You should feel like a newborn baby.
  • You’re adopted.
  • You’re a year closer to getting that senior citizen’s discount. Keep at it!

Here's to aging and wrinkles!
Here's to aging and wrinkles! | Source

Creative and Witty Ways to Say "Happy Birthday"

  • Be happy because you will never be as young as you are today.
  • Birthday hugs and kisses incoming!
  • Congratulations on the new wrinkle on your face.
  • Happy level-up day! I see you’ve gained a lot of XP in your life already.
  • Happy independence day from the womb.
  • Happy womb eviction day!
  • How’s the cruel world treating you? I hope you’re all good.
  • Just because it’s your birthday today doesn’t mean you’re special. You see, you are always special no matter what day it is.
  • I can’t help but imagine how you would look like with a cake stuffed on your face. Happy birthday!
  • I commend you and your ability to evade death. Your survival skills are the real deal!
  • I don’t have the power to manipulate the wind direction. However, I wish to change the direction of happiness and point it all towards you.
  • I know many people, but you’re one of the few whose birthday is today.
  • I’m looking forward to more of your shenanigans in the future. More mischief to come!
  • I’m just here for the cake.
  • If you were Jesus, today would be Christmas.
  • Please enjoy your nth trip around the sun!
  • Savor this happy day for you will be dead soon.
  • Smile while you still have teeth.
  • The older you get, the finer you become—just like wine.
  • Today’s the perfect day to declutter your Facebook profile. Time to unfriend those who don’t recognize your existence on this special day of yours.
  • What else could you wish for? I’m the best thing that’s ever happened to you.
  • Wow, you survived another trip around the sun.
  • Youth may be fleeting, but you can stay immature forever.
  • You are way close to becoming a classic!
  • Yours is one of the few birthdays I approve of.

May your day be as sweet as your birthday cake.
May your day be as sweet as your birthday cake. | Source

Other Ways to Say "Happy Birthday"

  • Do you know what I got for you? It’s the most precious gift I can ever give to you—the gift of friendship!
  • Don’t count your candles. Just enjoy the glow.
  • Don’t think about anything else today. Yours meals are on me!
  • Happy Birthday! Be good, but not too good.
  • I know it’s against the rules, but I wish you to have many more wishes granted on your special day.
  • I see you’ve got a lot of experience in life.
  • I wish you a happier birthday than anyone else has wished you.
  • I’m sending you smiles and laughs to make your special day brighter.
  • Know that I will forever keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
  • Let’s celebrate this epic day with an extravagant celebration.
  • Make all of your years count!
  • May everything you wish for be granted to you.
  • May each candle you blow today grant you a wish.
  • May your day be as sweet as your birthday cake.
  • No matter how old you get, you seem to be forever young.
  • No one holds a candle to you. Nope, not even the candles on your birthday cake.
  • The best things in life are yet to come for you.
  • The best way to count your life is not by the number of years you lived, but by the number of friends you have.
  • The key to living a happy life is to always live it like you’re a child.
  • You always make me happy, so I plan to make you even more happy on today’s occasion.
  • You can’t escape growing old. You can, however, always grow up in meaningful ways.
  • You yourself are a gift to Earth.
  • You’re older now, but you never seem to get old.


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      David B Katague 

      8 months ago

      Enjoy reading this blog! It reminded me on my article on how to send congratulatory messages and compliments with more personality and warmth, instead of just the one word-CONGRATULATIONS !


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