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21st Birthday Speech

By: Maggie Lonsdale BA (hons) - Updated: 17 Apr 2024 | comments*Discuss
21st Birthday Speech

Making a speech at your 21st birthday party is a great way to thank your family for their of support and to highlight your plans for the future. No one was ever criticised for making a speech that was too short, and just before a party is set to get started is the perfect example. There will probably be a real cross section of ages and characters there.

This means that the content of your speech needs to be suited to your audience – those bawdy tales you may like to remember with your university friends are very different to the tales of nativity plays that your grandparents will want to hear. The best advice is to keep it clean, positive and short.

Preparation for your 21st Birthday Speech

It is a good idea to plan your speech well in advance because on the run up to the day itself you will have all manner of things to think of. You will already be the man/woman of the moment and you will only be speaking in front of people that want the best for you, so any nerves can be allayed by remembering the happy faces you will be addressing.

It is important to remember when in the evening you are going to make your speech. If you are having a sit-down meal, try to have your speeches before you eat (and before the food is served) so that you can enjoy your meal. This will also help guide the timing of the speech and will keep it fresh. If you are not having a sit-down meal, the best advice is to make sure your and any other speeches are over well before any volume of alcohol is consumed as this is the worst enemy of a good speech, both for you and the audience.

1. Introduction

Start your speech by thanking your guests for coming. You can talk about the theme of the evening, if appropriate.

  • Thank every one for coming to your party
  • Thank whoever organised the party
  • Say you appreciate the effort everyone has gone to (if it is a fancy dress party, or people have contributed to a buffet, for example)
  • Say how much you are looking forward to the evening

Example: Thank you all so much for coming to help me celebrate my 21st birthday, I really appreciate that you’ve all travelled to be here – especially auntie Joan and uncle Graham who have come all the way from Edinburgh!

I would like to a say a massive thank you to my mum, dad and sister for arranging this party – I’ve been looking forward to it for ages and I can’t believe it’s finally here. Mum said that I wouldn’t want to celebrate my birthdays when I was her age, so I’m going to make the most of this party! The food all looks delicious and I know my mum and grandma have gone to a lot of effort to make it and Marks and Spencer’s have excelled themselves on the cake!!

2. Main Content of the Speech

This depends on the variety of people present, your current circumstances and what you are planning to do next. Many people will be at university when they are 21, so this is a good time to share some of your university life with your family – just none of the more racy stuff! You can thank your family for being supportive and say that you are pleased some of your university friends are at your party.

If you do not want to talk too much about your personal circumstances – perhaps you are finding it hard to find full time employment – a good idea is to talk about ‘on this day in history’ type events that are entertaining but not quite so personal.

  • If appropriate, acknowledge your current circumstances
  • Thank your family for their support
  • Mention a humorous family anecdote about birthdays

Example: I am hoping that this will be the year that all my efforts at school and university will start to pay off. I have applied for some excellent and not so excellent jobs and aim to be in my own grotty flat before the year is out! Most of all, I am hoping that this party does not end up like my brother’s 18th – shopping trolley dodgems is not amusing, is it mum?!

3. Conclusion

This is really a long enough speech as everyone will be looking forward to the party. All that is left to do is wish everyone a good time!

  • Say thanks for any presents
  • Wish everyone a good time at the party

Example: Thanks again to everyone for coming and the great presents that you’ve given me - I really appreciate it. On that note, I think mum will agree that it’s time to get cracking on the potent punch!

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Moreover - 17-Apr-24 @ 3:09 PM
My 21st is the 29th March however I need you to please help me with a speech cause I really wanna thank everyone for coming.
Ash - 24-Jan-24 @ 8:35 AM
hi can you please help me with a speech for my upcoming 21st
Thandi - 11-Jan-24 @ 1:55 PM
Hi can you please prepare my 21st birthday speechon the 14th of April 2025. That would be held on the 19th of April I really dnt know what to say
Shortcake - 9-Jan-24 @ 9:39 AM
Hi... can u pls prepare a speech for my 21st birthday on December 26 pls. I really don't know what to say and i want to thank my family and friends too.
Bunnie - 24-Jul-23 @ 1:00 AM
Hi... can u pls prepare a speech for my birthday on December 26 pls. I really don't know what to say and i want to thank my family and friends too.
Bunnie - 24-Jul-23 @ 12:58 AM
Can you please help me my 21st birthday is tomorrow ND I just want tomorrow prepare a speech saying thank you too my parents ,ND thank the family for coming...just want something short
Nay nay - 21-Jan-23 @ 12:42 AM
My birthday is on the 11th of July and i want to do a speech thanking my mom for everything but i don't know how to start can someone help
Nonoe - 28-Apr-22 @ 12:35 AM
My 21st birthday is on 20 th September l really want to make a speech thanking my family members especially mummy and my lito brother then my University friends
Jojo - 17-Sep-21 @ 4:24 AM
My 21st is on 22 may and I really don't know what to start with can you help me with some tips on how I can prepare my speech
Tsiliso - 16-May-21 @ 9:05 AM
My 21st birthday is on the 3rd of July AndI need to make a speech to thank my family for everything of what they have done for me and thanking everyone for coming on the night
Belle - 12-May-21 @ 11:28 AM
I need to make a speech for my 21st birthday party tomorrow.
Leba Adiseniuci - 17-Feb-21 @ 5:03 AM
It's my 21 st on 9 of December but I don't have time to do my speech to thanks to my family and friend and special my jod for coming and sport my 21st birday
Bella - 10-Nov-20 @ 6:53 AM
My bd is in 1 week time,I would lyk a bd speech compositin
Essie - 9-Sep-20 @ 7:24 AM
I'm kiana natula and I will be celebrating my 21st next month and I don't know what to say
Kikz - 21-Jun-20 @ 9:20 PM
My 21st birthday is on the 8th of July AMD I need to make a speech to thank my family for everything of what they have done for me and thanking everyone for coming on the day
Kikz - 21-Jun-20 @ 9:17 PM
It is my 21st on the 28 of March and i must make a speech and don't know what to say.. Can someone please help me i will appreciate it ????.
Carin - 19-Feb-20 @ 8:18 PM
Ma 21st birthday is on 25 February and I don't know to start writing a speech for my birthdaysomeone please help me????
Mickey - 16-Feb-20 @ 8:14 PM
Im doing my 21st birday on 15 january.i dont know what to say i want a nice speech to my mom and dada n my family ...plz help me to say speech ..how to start speech
Jes - 5-Jan-20 @ 6:45 AM
My 21st birthday is just a year away on the 20th of September and I really don't know what to start with could you please give me some tips on how I can start with my speech..... please
Small ray - 30-Oct-19 @ 3:44 AM
Need to make a 25th wedding anniversary speech for my Aunt and Uncle. Kindly share some tips.
CD - 24-Oct-19 @ 1:04 PM
Hello am motso turning my 21st tomorrow on the 21st of October 2019.. I would like you to help me with a speech & .
Motso - 20-Oct-19 @ 8:33 PM
Hi my 21st birthday is in two weeks time and i have know idea of I'm going to start when I'm saying my speech....please help
Bright - 11-May-19 @ 6:50 AM
My 21 birthday is in this month and I don't knw wt to say m confuse could plz help me for speech
Johnny - 9-Mar-19 @ 5:49 PM
I'm doing 21st birthdaynext month. I would like you guys to help me with the speech please
Musah - 16-Sep-18 @ 11:29 AM
I'm doing my 21st birthday next month dont knw wt to say in my speech can plz help
Shanna - 7-Sep-18 @ 8:27 AM
This is a great examples and m starting to get an idea of what to say in my 21st birthday party after I read this helpful birthday speech.. so thanks !!
illy - 3-Sep-18 @ 10:50 AM
Especially thank God our heavenly father for the year that He added in our life...Amen
E.J - 21-Jun-18 @ 2:11 AM
I'mdoing 21st birthday on 14 July I don't know what to say ..I want a speech
Tsheketso - 2-Jun-18 @ 12:15 PM
I desperately need a speech for my 21st birthday on August Plus I need help
Lewa - 5-May-18 @ 7:39 AM
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