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100 Happy Belated Birthday Wishes for Friends and Family


So you missed the big day but it’s never to late to wish someone a happy birthday. We have gathered all the best funny belated happy birthday wishes for you here in one list including belated birthday wishes for friends and belated birthday greetings and messages.

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Our Favorite Happy Belated Birthday Wishes

I bet no one except me came to wish you a belated happy birthday. Don’t thank me; that’s what friends are for.

I must admit I’m feeling quite deflated… to be wishing you a… Happy belated birthday. Sorry I missed it!

Happy belated birthday, happy belated birthday, happy belated birthday. Hope I’m the last one to say this. So, be happy!

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!

I’m so sorry I forgot your birthday. But hey, at least I didn’t forget that I forgot. Happy belated birthday!

Cupcakes with funny belated birthday wishes

May you live to be so old that the very sight of you terrifies babies and ex-lovers. Happy Belated Birthday!

If you really wanted me to wish you a happy birthday on time, you would have invited me to your party.

From now on, I promise that the older you get, the better I will be at remembering birthdays. I think that’s fair. Have a great belated birthday.

Happy Birthday to someone who is truly unforgettable. Unfortunately, your birthday is forgettable, which is proven by the fact that I forgot it. Sorry!

Happy Birthday! Don’t think of this as a late birthday card. Consider it a very early one for next year.

Balloons with funny belated birthday wishes

I mean, you have ME so I don’t know what else you have to wish for…but go off I guess…Happy Belated Birthday!

Your birthday is becoming a serious fire hazard. Blow them out! Quick! Oh, and Happy Belated Birthday!

You might be prehistoric, but at least you’re not extinct! Happy Belated Birthday!

Name a better birthday duo. I’ll wait. In the meantime, Happy Belated Birthday!

Short Happy Belated Birthday Wishes

Your birthday came, Your birthday went. Here’s the wish, I should have sent!

I must have been in a fog when your birthday came around… because I mist it.

Oops, I am late. At least I did not forget it altogether. Belated happy birthday!

My antenna detects old people. Oh, that is you! Happy belated birthday oldie.

I forgot your birthday. On the bright side, I also forgot how old you are.

With age comes patience. Thanks for waiting for my belated birthday wish.

Present with short funny happy belated birthday wishes

A belated birthday wish calls for a belated birthday party. So where are we celebrating?

Everyone gets to be young once. It’s official, your turn is over. Happy Belated Birthday!

Older? Definitely. Wiser? …mmm debatable. Happy Belated Birthday!

Happy Belated Birthday! You don’t look a day older than dirt!

Smart, good looking, and funny! But enough about me. Happy Belated Birthday!

Pst, don’t grow up! It’s a trap. Happy Belated Birthday!

Happy Belated Birthday! Super glad you were born.

If you were my Uber driver, I’d totally give you five stars. Happy Belated Birthday!

Wow, look at you growing up and having birthdays! Adult looks good on you????

May you live so long your wrinkles have wrinkles. Happy Belated Birthday!

If you like these, you might also want to check out our other lists of Belated Birthday Wishes, Funny Birthday Wishes, Happy 30th Birthday Wishes, Happy 40th Birthday Wishes and Happy 60th Birthday Wishes.

Funny Belated Happy Birthday Wishes

I have hurt you by missing your birthday, but I am sure the wounds will heal once you see the gifts I’ve got for you. Happy birthday!

Sorry I missed your birthday. How weird is that? That only happens to me like once per year. Happy Birthday to you.

I have punished my calendar for not reminding me of your birthday on time. What more do you want me to do?

Sorry to have missed the day, but I hope you had a fantastic birthday.

I feel so bad about forgetting your birthday. Aren’t you going to do something to make me feel nice?

I got abducted by aliens, but I managed to run away when they were taking a nap. Belated happy birthday!

Fashionably late is kind of my style, hope you don’t mind. Happy Belated Birthday. Hope it was fabulous!

Cupcake with funny belated happy birthday wishes

They say that forgiving and forgetting to go hand and hand. I took care of the forgetting part, now all you need to do is forgive me for being so late with wishing you a wonderful birthday.

A late birthday wish does not mean I forgot this special day. It means I wanted to give you a surprise. Happy birthday!

How could I forget your birthday? Must be because you look like you haven’t aged a day since the last one!

They say take every birthday with a grain of salt. I say take it with a whole bunch of salt, and bonus points if it accompanies a very large margarita. Make yours a double. Happy Belated Birthday!

Is it hotter in here than usual? Must be all the candles on your cake. Happy Belated Birthday!

Happy belated birthday. May you grow to the age that your driving terrifies everyone.

I didn’t forget your birthday. I just didn’t want you to get all your birthday wishes on the same day.

I forgot your birthday. So what? There’s always a next time, next year. ‘Til then, belated happy birthday.

In a comic turn of events, I seem to have forgotten your BIG day! Happy belated birthday

I have been so silly to forget your birthday, but I think you know I’m funny because I’m silly! Happy birthday, dear!

You didn’t hear from me on your birthday due to a technical problem. My brain malfunctioned. Happy Birthday!

Cake with funny late birthday wishes

I didn’t send you good wishes on your birthday because I did not want other people to be jealous of my gift.

Somebody’s upset I missed their big celebration, huh? I’m so sorry I didn’t get to party with you. Happy Belated Birthday!

I’ve been so busy trying to forget my own birthday that I got carried away and forgot yours. Sorry! Happy belated!

You live life in the fast lane, but I move a little slower. That is why I am a little behind you on celebrating your birthday.

Happy Belated Birthday! I hope you celebrate this birthday the way you celebrated the first one, naked and screaming.

Fun fact: Having a good birthday is 90% mental and 10% alcohol. Start the pouring, and Happy Belated Birthday!

For your special day, I’ve sent you a truly gracious present. It’s a ghost hug! You can’t feel it, but it is definitely there! Happy Belated Birthday!

Happy Belated Birthday. I hope your day is as nice as your butt ????

I smell old people! Oh, wait no that’s just you. Happy Belated Birthday!

Funny Belated Birthday Wishes for Friends

The world is made up of two types of people. Meticulously punctual types on a rigorous schedule and the awesome fun people like me who don’t own calendars. Happy belated birthday, my friend.

I know I forget your birthday and this is a huge mistake! Can we become friends again?

You forgot my birthday last year, I didn’t wish on you just take revenge. It’s not like I actually forget.

Sure, everyone remembers you on your birthday. But a true friend remembers you on the days after too!

Cupcakes with funny belated birthday wishes for friends

Normally it takes me months to realize that I’ve forgotten a birthday. So when you look at it that way, I’m actually kind of early. Happy belated, my friend!

Friends celebrate friends on their birthdays. Real friends get you drunk on your birthday. Good thing for you I’m the second kind.

It’s your birthday, you know what that means. Time for you to smile awkwardly while friends and family botch your birthday song. Glad I missed it! Happy Belated Birthday!

To an amazing friend on their birthday, my only regret is not meeting you sooner so I could have annoyed you longer. Happy Belated Birthday!

Happy Belated Birthday to a real friend of mine. In this day and age, those are harder to find than toilet paper, so you should definitely feel accomplished!

A true friend remembers your birthday, but not your age.

Belated Birthday Greetings and Messages

What’s that old saying? It’s never better than late to wish someone a happy birthday. Hope you had the best birthday ever!

I thought I would leave you a while to come to terms with your age before sending your birthday card this year. You’re welcome. Happy Belated Birthday!

Sorry, I forgot about your birthday! Somehow whenever you get older, I get more forgetful.

Guilty as charged! Missing a chance to celebrate you is a crime. Happy Belated Birthday!

Cupcakes with belated birthday greetings

Hope you had a great birthday. I missed eating your cake on your birthday, so I plan to eat at least two desserts today to make up for it.

It was just a date that I forgot. But I want you to know that you are always on my mind. Happy belated birthday!

Sorry I missed your birthday! But you know me, always fashionably late. Belated happy birthday wishes to you!

I wish I could rewind the clock just to get back to the right time to say happy birthday. Please forgive me! I hope you had a great day.

You are so difficult to buy gifts for. I am late because I just couldn’t find a gift that you would like. Belated happy birthday!

It’s not that I’m late with your birthday wishes, I’m just really, really early for next year. Hope you had a fantastic birthday.

Forget about the past you can’t change, the future you can’t predict, and definitely forget about the present because I didn’t get you one. Happy Belated Birthday!

Happy Belated Birthday! May your heart be as full as your Facebook wall was with birthday messages from people you’ve never spoken to.

Happy Belated Birthday! I’m really glad you were born. My life would be so totally boring without you there to watch.

Here’s wishing you the happiest birthday with all of my butt! (Why would I say “with all my heart” when my butt is definitely bigger.)

It’s so great that my crazy really vibes with your weird. Happy Belated Birthday!

You may not be able to fold a fitted sheet, but otherwise you’re pretty cool. Happy Belated Birthday!

Missing your big day is no laughing matter… even if you’re a clown. Happy Belated Birthday!

I did not forget your birthday, I just wanted to make it last longer. Happy Belated birthday dear.

It’s somehow appropriate that as you’re getting on in life, I am getting later with my birthday greetings. Hope you had a wonderful birthday surrounded by people who didn’t forget it. Sorry I missed your big day!

I hope you did not feel bad about how I missed your birthday because I don’t feel guilty, either. Belated happy birthday.

I know I missed your birthday and I’m really sorry… By chance is there any cake left?? Happy belated birthday

Balloons with funny belated happy birthday messages

Wishing you late is completely intentional. I want you to know that I’m exceptional at everything that I do. Happy belated birthday!

You forgot to remind me not to forget your birthday. But don’t worry, I forgive you. But seriously, Happy Birthday!

I didn’t really forget your special day… I just figured you deserved more than one. Happy Belated Birthday!

Life has a habit of throwing curveballs at you. This is mine to you: Belated happy birthday!

Happy Belated Birthday! I think it’s great… how you used to be young.

You don’t look a day over 16! From a distance, with my eyes closed. Happy Belated Birthday!

I’d give you my last chicken nugget. That’s really saying something. Happy Belated Birthday!

May your birthday cake be moist, and may no one use that word to describe it.

Funny Birthday Wishes

“Happy Birthday! For your special day I made you a cake. BOOM YOU’RE A CAKE! You’re so very welcome.”

“Here’s to many more rotations around the sun. May you live to be old and toothless – Jell-O is the caviar of the future! Happy Birthday.”

“You’re older; you’re wiser; you’re sophisticated. Far too sophisticated to be concerned with material things like presents. Happy Birthday!”

“Older? Definitely. Wiser? …mmm debatable. Happy Birthday!”

Cupcake with short funny birthday wishes

“On your birthday you might be thinking “Oh man I’m getting old”, but don’t worry. Just because you’re old doesn’t mean you won’t still be doing dumb stuff. You’ll just be doing it slower. Happy birthday!”

“At your age, people expect you to be calm, dignified and sober… Disappoint them. Happy Birthday!”

“May you live so long your wrinkles have wrinkles. Happy birthday!”

“Happy birthday! I think it’s great… How you used to be young.”

“Happy birthday — I’m so glad you’ll always be older than me!”

“Some say the glass is half empty, others say the glass is half full. It’s your birthday, just drink whatever’s in the glass!”

“Happy birthday! Don’t forget to iron that birthday suit.”

“Happy Birthday!! You only look as old as the last selfie you took.”

People taking selfie with cute funny happy birthday wishes

“Since it’s your birthday, I’ll tell you now you’re a real catch. Fishing you a reel-y happy birthday!”

“If anyone calls you old this birthday, just hit him with your walking stick and throw your teeth at him. Happy Birthday!”

“For your birthday, I wanted to give you something that was both funny and charming, but then I remembered you already have me in your life. Happy Birthday!”

“Happy birthday! I’m really glad you were born today. My life would be so totally boring without you there to watch.”

“I spent 3 hours searching the internet for the perfect birthday message for you and then I gave up. Happy Birthday.”

“Forget about the past you can’t change, the future you can’t predict, and definitely forget about the present because I didn’t get you one. Happy birthday!”

“Wow, another year under your belt. Just let me know how old we’re telling people you are now? Happy Birthday!”

Turn up the MEWsic and let’s get his PAWty started!

Go ahead…cake my day.

Happy birthday. You’re one in a MELON.

The cat’s out of the bag – you’re one year older. Hope your birthday leaves you FELINE good!

A birthday cake is just like a golf ball. You’ve got to SLICE it.

Wishing you a LLAMA fun on your birthday!

It’s your birthday? ALPACA my party hat.

Go, Shawty! It’s Sherbert Day!

What’s a ghost’s favorite cake? I-scream cake.

Happy belated birthday! Butter late than never.

Sunset with funny birthday card messages with puns

Have a whaley great birthday!

So, you’re spaghetting older…

You FETA have a GOUDA birthday.

Here’s a TOAST to BUTTER days ahead – you deserve to spend the day in BREAD! I LOAF you.

What do you call your birthday? Your BEER-thday.

Some only dream of big birthday cakes. Others bake it happen.

Getting older is nothing to WINE about.

Feliz cumpleanos. Have a FLAN-tastic birthday!

Have a GRATE birthday. Hope that’s not too CHEESY.

What did one veggie say to the other on its birthday? Ha-pea birthday.

That birthday party was gelato fun.

It is your birthday, you BATTER believe it!

Dim sum-body say it’s your birthday?

Funny Birthday Quotes

“For all the advances in medicine, there is still no cure for the common birthday.” — John Glenn

“My Birthday! What a difference sound That word had in my youthful ears; And how each time the day comes round, Less and less white its mark appears.” — Thomas Moore

“Birthdays are a great time to stop and appreciate gravity. Sure, it makes things sag as you get older, but it also keeps your cake from flying all over the room so you don’t have to chase it.” — Greg Tamblyn

“The older you get the better you get, unless you are a banana.” — Betty White

“Don’t just count your years, make your years count.” – George Meredith

Cake with candles with funny inspirational birthday quotes by Meredith

“Just remember once you’re over the hill, you begin to pick up speed.” — Charles Schultz

“Inside every older person is a younger person – wondering what the hell happened.” — Cora Harvey Armstrong

“As you get older, three things happen. The first is your memory goes, and I can’t remember the other two.” — Norman Wisdom

“At the age of 20, we don’t care what the world thinks of us; at 30, we worry about what it is thinking of us; at 40, we discover that it wasn’t thinking of us at all.” — John M Eades

“The best birthdays of all are those that haven’t arrived yet.” — Robert Orben

“You are only young once, but you can stay immature indefinitely.” — Ogden Nash

Balloons with funny 18th birthday quotes by Nash

“You’re getting old when the only thing you want for your birthday is not to be reminded of it.” — Felix Severn

“You know you are getting old when the candles cost more than the cake.” — Bob Hope

“The first hundred years are the hardest.” — Wilson Mizner

“Age is not important unless you’re a cheese.” — Helen Hayes

“Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.” — Chili Davis

“Birthdays are good for you. Statistics show that the people who have the most live the longest.” — Larry Lorenzoni

“The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.” – Lucille Ball

Frosted cookies with funny birthday quotes by Ball

“I intend to live forever. So far, so good.” — Steven Wright

“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” — Mark Twain

So that’s our list! We hope you were able to find the best wish you were looking for.

Now get busy making up for the birthday you missed!

Woman holding up a clear chunk of ice on the beach

About the Author

Laynni Locke

I am Laynni Locke, a Canadian writer, reader and traveller with a passion for sharing life’s moments on social media. Keeping friends and family in the loop of our lives though photos and videos has become an essential activity for most.

And it doesn’t matter if you are travelling, celebrating a special occasion or just appreciating day-to-day life, when you take that perfect photo you are going to need the perfect caption or quote before you share it. Which is why we started Routinely Shares, providing comprehensive lists of quotes and captions to cover every occasion, adventure or loved one.

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