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145 Short Birthday Wishes for that Perfect Happy Birthday Greeting

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It’s time to celebrate someone’s birthday and its important to have the perfect birthday message to let them know just how you feel. Sometimes it’s hard to know what to say so we have gathered all the best short birthday wishes that are perfect for when you are having trouble finding the right words.

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Best Short Birthday Wishes

  • Happy birthday beautiful! I hope you have a wonderful day filled with joy and happiness.
  • It’s your special day! Treat me! Oops, I mean yourself. Treat yourself! (But also me.) Happy birthday!
  • Smart, good looking, and funny! But enough about me. Happy birthday!
  • Is it hotter in here than usual? Must be all the candles on your cake. Happy birthday!
Person looking at lake with short birthday wishes
  • On this day, your birthday, I hope that each and every one of your wishes comes true.
  • Sending you warm birthday wishes and a big warm hug on this very special day.
  • Although I am not there to celebrate your birthday, you are in my thoughts.
  • Another year older is a reason to celebrate. You are that much closer to retirement dear friend.
  • It’s your birthday! I hope it is filled with happiness and plenty of love.
  • Your birthday brings with it a special glow. The glow of so many candles, so hurry and blow them out!
  • I hate to have to miss your birthday but know that I am thinking of you from afar.
  • Words can never quantify my joy for celebrating with you on your birthday.
  • I pray that your dreams turn into reality. Happy Birthday.
  • Many happy returns to you on your birthday! May you enjoy a wonderful day full of cake!
  • I hope your birthday is full of sunshine, rainbows, love, and laughter! HBD!
  • Wishing you a very happy birthday and many more to come. Hope it’s a good one.
  • Everyone gets to be young once. Today it’s official, your turn is over. Happy birthday!
  • Older? Definitely. Wiser? …mmm debatable. Happy Birthday!
Person looking at ocean with short happy birthday wishes
  • Your birthday is the perfect excuse to get drunk on a weekday. Bottoms up!
  • “Pst, don’t grow up! It’s a trap. Happy birthday!”
  • I hope your day is full of fun and celebration. Happy birthday to you my dear!
  • Happy birthday to you! Let’s break out the cake, candles…and don’t forget the fire extinguisher!
  • I hope all of your hopes and dreams come true on this very special day. Happy birthday to you!
  • Your birthday allows us to celebrate having you in our lives. Happy Birthday.
  • I wish you continuous dreaming, planning and achieving your biggest dreams. Happy Birthday.
  • I wish you a wonderful, joyful and fun-filled happy birthday.
  • Celebration of your birthday is celebration of life, love and laughter. Happy Birthday.
  • Celebrate life and dance away your sorrows. Happy Birthday.
  • May you live to be so old that the very sight of you terrifies babies and ex-lovers. Happy birthday!
  • May you live so long your wrinkles have wrinkles. Happy birthday!
  • Here’s to another year of questionable life decisions! Happy birthday queen.
  • May your birthday cake be moist, and may no one use that word to describe it.
  • You don’t look a day over 16! From a distance, with my eyes closed. Happy birthday!
  • Happy birthday to a guy who still isn’t showing his age… And definitely not acting it.
  • With age comes patience. Thanks for waiting for my belated birthday wish.
Present with short funny happy belated birthday wishes
  • Statistics show that those who have the most birthdays live the longest. Happy Birthday.
  • Happy birthday! Super glad you were born.
  • Great news! You’re still alive! 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!
  • You know what they say about more candles… A bigger wish! Happy Birthday.
  • A true friend remembers your birthday, but not your age. Happy birthday!
  • Since it’s your birthday, I’ll tell you now you’re a real catch. Fishing you a reel-y happy birthday!
  • I smell old people! Oh, wait no that’s just you. Happy birthday!
  • Happy birthday! Stay golden, girl.
  • Those aren’t gray hairs you see. They’re strands of birthday glitter growing out of your head.
Frosty morning with funny birthday wishes for her
  • Party hard, but maybe bring a second set of underwear with you this time hahaha. Happy Birthday.
  • Happy birthday! I’m so pleased to hear you’re over the hill instead of under it.
  • If things get better with age, then you’re approaching magnificent! Happy Birthday.
  • Another day older is another day to chug more cake. Happy Birthday.
  • I wouldn’t say you’re old… you’ve just been young for longer than most of us. Happy birthday!
  • We’ll be friends ‘til we’re old and senile… And then we’ll be new friends! Happy Birthday!
  • Birthdays are special days that allow us to celebrate the day you came into our lives.
  • Although I cannot be with you on your birthday, know that you are in my thoughts today and every day.
  • Happy birthday to the most skilled, intelligent and charming boss.
  • May your celebration of another year bring you new special glow of life.
  • Wishing you a very happy birthday! May all your dreams come true.
Person walking in water with short and sweet birthday wishes
  • Congratulations on your birthday! Sending you our love and good wishes.
  • You’re not getting older… just more distinguished! Happy Birthday.
  • You are so old, you walked into an antique shop and they sold you.
  • May your birthday be sprinkled with fun and laughter. Have a great day!
  • Happy Birthday to my best buddy! I hope you have a good one.
  • On the bright side, at least you don’t have to share your birthday cake with anyone else this year!
  • I hope your birthday is filled with hope, joy, and many new beginnings. You are loved today and always!
  • Another year in the books. Wishing you a very happy birthday!
  • You truly deserve the best the world has to offer. Happy birthday!
  • I hear today is your birthday. Another year older is another year wiser my dear friend.
  • I hope you know how much joy your presence brings. Happy birthday my dear friend.
  • Thank you for always being a friend I can count on. Happy birthday!
  • Wishing my bestie the absolute best on their b-day!
  • Cheers to another trip around the sun! Keep on shining and have an amazing birthday.
Hikers on road with short birthday wishes for friends
  • You’re the brightest star in the galaxy! Happy birthday!
  • Wishing my favorite partner in crime a very scandalous birthday!
  • Happy birthday to my best friend in the whole wide world.
  • Cheers to your own personal new year — let’s make it one for the books!
  • Your birthday is fresh remembrance of the strength of our friendship. Happy Birthday.
  • Happy Birthday to my gorgeous friend. You’re the best! Cheers to a brilliant day.
  • Cheers to more fun, more memories, and more cake! Happy birthday!
  • I can’t think of a better gift than your friendship — happy birthday!
  • Happy birthday to my best friend! Ready for another trip around the sun with you.
People at sunset with turning 16 birthday wishes for friends
  • Happy Birthday to such a fabulous friend! Wishing you many blessings for the year ahead.
  • I’m so happy our paths crossed in this life. Wishing you a very happy birthday, my friend!
  • Don’t worry, I already know my present is your favorite. Have a fabulous birthday!
  • Congrats on getting another candle on the cake, bud!
  • You make our world a better and brighter place — happy birthday love!
  • Enjoy your special day to the fullest, bestie!
  • No ifs, ands or buts about it: You really are the best friend anyone could have. Happy birthday!
  • A great day to celebrate a great friend! Happy birthday, and cheers to many more.
  • Birthdays are a time to celebrate so kick back and enjoy your wonderful day.
  • Although I am far away, you are in my heart today on your very special birthday.
  • I wish you a lovely celebration of your birthday and the best of all your desires.
  • Wishing you a very special birthday and a wonderful year ahead!
Person on dock with cute simple birthday wishes
  • Happy Birthday! Wishing you a beautiful day and many blessings for the year ahead.
  • I wouldn’t call you old… it’s just that you’ve been young for longer than most of us. Happy Birthday!
  • Middle age: that time when you finally get your head together – then your body starts falling apart.
  • You know you’re old when you turn down the lights to be economical instead of romantic.
  • Wishing you a wonderful birthday and a fantastic year ahead!
  • I hope you have a fabulous day, and be sure to eat an extra slice of cake for me!
  • Enjoy your special day to the fullest. Make each and every day of this year count! Happy Birthday!
  • You may be another year older, but hey, you’ve still got it in my eyes. Happy birthday!
  • Came for the cake, stayed to see who got you the best gift. Cheers to an awesome birthday!
  • May the cake be delicious and the next year be epic! Happy birthday!

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Short Birthday Greetings

  • It’s your birthday! Let us celebrate joyfully another wonderful year of your life.
  • Your birthday is a moment to spread your love for all.
  • Celebrate, laugh, dance, and cheer because your birthday only comes once a year.
Sunset with short birthday greetings
  • Before you break the cake and blow out the candles, keep close the fire extinguisher.
  • Happy Birthday! Here’s to a memorable day and a year ahead that’s full of adventure and joy.
  • Happy Birthday to a great buddy! I hope you have a good one.
  • You know you’re getting older when an “all-nighter” means not getting up to pee.
  • A little gray hair is a small price to pay for so much wisdom.
  • Let’s celebrate your aging with this cake.
Pink cake with birthday cake greetings
  • I spent three hours scrolling the internet for your perfect birthday message. Then I gave up. Happy Birthday.
  • Wishing you a very happy birthday and all the best for the coming year.
  • Wishing you a very happy birthday and all the best wishes for an exciting and fun-filled year ahead.
  • May your birthday be filled with contentment. Happy Birthday!
  • Wishing you a big happy birthday. May this be one for the books!

  • You’re simply the best. Wishing you a big happy birthday—may it be a year for the books.
  • It’s celebration time! I hope you are having the time of your life as you celebrate your birthday.
  • I hope your birthday brings you everything you have ever wished for.
  • As we commemorate your birth into this world, may your life be filled with laughter, love, joy and peace.
  • Warmest wishes for a very happy birthday.
  • Better “over the hill” than under it. Happy Birthday!
Person on cliff iwth short birthday messages for cards
  • Congratulations on your birthday! Wishing you a truly fabulous day.
  • Happy Birthday! Don’t forget to iron that birthday suit.
  • YOU SUCK! … at aging. Can you at least try to look older?
  • If gray hair is a sign of wisdom, then you’re a genius!
  • Happy Birthday! I hope you have a great day today, and that the year ahead is full of many blessings.
  • On your birthday, I’m praying that all your birthday wishes come true.
  • Sending you wishes for the happiest of birthdays. May all of your wishes come true on this special day!
  • Thank you for being in my life. I’m so happy to celebrate you today and hope you have a great birthday.
  • Happy birthday. I’m grateful I get to spend your big day with you.

Short Birthday Quotes

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

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

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

“The really frightening thing about middle age is the knowledge that you’ll grow out of it.” — Doris Day

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

“Youth has no age.” – Pablo Picasso

Sunset with meaningful 30th birthday quotes by Picasso

“All the world is a birthday cake, so take a piece, but not too much.” — George Harrison

“That’s the time of your life when even your birthday suit needs pressing.” — Bob Hope

“The Best way to remember your wife’s birthday is to forget it once.” — H. V. Prochnow

“I’m at an age when my back goes out more than I do.” — Phyllis Diller

“Aging seems to be the only available way to live a long life.” — Kitty Collins

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

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

“Last year my birthday cake looked like a prairie fire.” — Rodney Dangerfield

Cake with candle and short funny birthday quotes by Dangerfield

“From our birthday, until we die, is but the winking of an eye.” — William Butler Yeats

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

“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” — Oprah Winfrey

“I wanted to buy a candle holder, but the store didn’t have one. So, I got a cake!” — Mitch Hedberg

“Cherish all your happy moments; they make a fine cushion for old age.” — Booth Tarkington

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

“Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.”  —  John Lennon

You don’t get older, you get better. — Shirley Bassey

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” — Mahatma Gandhi

“Age is a high price to pay for maturity.” — Tom Stoppard

“Wisdom doesn’t necessarily come with age. Sometimes age just shows up all by itself.” — Tom Wilson

And that’s it for our list! We hope you found the perfect short birthday wish you were looking for.

Now get out and celebrate that birthday!

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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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