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Happy 70th birthday: 60 birthday wishes + 7 longer messages for celebrating the big 7-0

Everyone spends their 70th birthday in their own way. Some take it easy and enjoy time with their family, while others are full of energy. To help you find a great way to wish someone a happy 70th birthday, we have put together a selection of wishes and messages for you.

70th birthday celebrations can be big or quiet. Make sure the way you say happy birthday fits the birthday boy or girl and write a birthday card that stands out on this special occasion.

70th birthday wishes

70th birthday wishes

Most of the following ways of saying happy 70th birthday are a bit longer and rhyme, so they can be written as a small poem on a card, for example. What’s more, they are well-suited to the 70-year-old generation, who often had to learn poems by heart back in school.

We have some heart-warming, short and funny messages, as well as ones more suited to those who are taking things a little easier and some tailored to 70-year-olds who are still full of life.

Heart-warming 70th birthday wishes

A 70th birthday is a beautiful occasion that deserves kind words and fond wishes. The birthday boy or girl has managed their way through a great number of years and this achievement should be honored. Heart-warming wishes are suitable for almost anyone you know and can spread some joy.

  1. Wishing you a happy and wonderful 70th. Let’s spend some time together and celebrate your amazing life.
  2. On the special occasion of your 70th birthday, you deserve to enjoy every special moment of it. Let’s make it wonderful together!
  3. Celebrate your birthday like a Rockstar! Exactly like you’ve celebrated your eventful life — with enthusiasm, excitement and thrills. Happy 70th birthday.
  4. Have an amazing 70th birthday. I hope that you’ll always be this happy.
  5. Happy 70th birthday! You deserve all the happiness and joy in the world! You’ve won over many people’s hearts in these past 70 years! Now, it’s time for you to cherish these best wishes from your loved ones!
  6. Happy 70th birthday! Now you can sit back, relax and happily enjoy your achievements, it’s time for you to watch your kids work hard.
  7. Happy birthday! Congrats for completing 70 years and keep rocking as always.
  8. I wish you happiness, health and prosperity.
    You should continue to look forwards, and I say that with sincerity.
    Seize the day for its entire duration,
    Forget about your worries and enjoy the celebration.
  9. Best wishes to my role model. Keep inspiring us in your 70s as you have done all your life!
  10. Enjoy celebrating your 70th year.
    It’s sure to be wonderful – sit back, relax and grab a beer!
    Let’s celebrate and congratulate all you have done,
    it’s clear that you’ll never lose your sense of fun.
    May you remain in good health for the rest of your days.
    And not get down and out or troubled in your ways.
    I wish you endless joy and happiness for evermore,
    and hope you can fulfil more of your dreams – you’ve done it before!
  11. You have no more responsibilities now you’ve turned 70! Your kids have grown up and work is over – now you have time to do what you’ve always wanted to do.
  12. I hope you have a wonderful day today and that you only have your nearest and dearest around you. Here’s to your good health and wishing you joy and happiness on your special day. Happy 70th birthday!
  13. Life is really awesome at 70. All you need to do is just sit back, relax and enjoy every moment on your special day.
  14. It’s your birthday, let’s celebrate! I hope it’s filled with happiness and plenty of love.

Make sure you choose a message that suits the birthday boy or girl. You shouldn’t choose one that mentions alcohol, for example, if the recipient doesn’t drink any alcohol.

So read through our selection carefully and give it some thought to make sure that you put a smile on the birthday boy or girl’s face.

Short 70th birthday wishes

Short 70th birthday wishes

Sending a short message to wish someone happy birthday is always a good idea. Short birthday wishes can fill up space in a card or be written on small gift tags.

They also work as a wonderful complement to your own, slightly longer message, but you might also find several short messages you like and just fill up your birthday card with them.

  1. Happy 70th birthday. Let’s celebrate the day you entered this world.
  2. The secret of happiness is to count the highlights of life instead of birthdays.
    (Mark Twain)
  3. It’s your birthday! Hope it’s filled with happiness and plenty of love.
  4. Congratulations on being born many years ago. You’re part of history!
  5. 70 steps on the ladder of life. I hope you continue to climb it for a long time to come.
  6. Seventy is a very impressive age. And remember, age gets better with wine.
  7. Relax, you’re not getting old, you’re simply getting better.
  8. 70 years have never looked so good. Happy birthday!
  9. Take the day off. Put your feet up. You deserve it! Happy 70th birthday!
  10. Happy birthday! For 70 years, your dreams have fulfilled you. Now it’s time to fulfill your dreams.
  11. Age is merely the number of years the world has been enjoying you.

Short 70th birthday messages are also wonderful to recite out loud. Sending them via WhatsApp probably won’t work though, since most 70-year-olds don’t use that app.

Even if the birthday boy or girl is quite modern and does use WhatsApp or text message, the older generation will still appreciate it more if you write out a card, call them up or pay them a visit in person.

Find more birthday sayings here.

Wholesome messages about ageing for celebrating 70

Wholesome messages about ageing for celebrating 70

By the time you turn 70, you will have experienced many ups and downs, perhaps raised children and seen them get married, witnessed a lot of history, and certainly worked a lot. For this reason, 70-year-olds truly deserve to take it easy and do what’s good for them.

The following phrases are reflective and respectful, and more suitable for the kind of 70-year-olds who like to take it easy and enjoy their retired life in peace.

  1. We are all getting quieter and older, but your youthful charisma has remained.
  2. The beauty of age is that you gain a much broader view of the world despite becoming increasingly short-sighted.
  3. Life is short. Break the rules. Forgive quickly, kiss slowly. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably and never regret anything that makes you smile.
    (Mark Twain)
  4. Life is really awesome at 70. All you need to do is relax and enjoy every moment on your special day.
  5. Reaching 70 takes a lot of strength and nerves of steel. You have managed to get through these years with great skill and made the most of your time.
  6. You are the most loving, kind and encouraging person to everyone who knows and loves you. Happy 70th birthday!
  7. At 70, life has certainly not always been easy,
    but you have achieved all your personal goals.
    That’s the main thing. Be proud and let yourself celebrate.
  8. He who has not the spirit of this age, has all the misery of it.
  9. Every year you live, you grow into an even more amazing human being. That means you are now 70 times more amazing than you were when you were born! Happy Birthday!

Depending on lifestyle and genetics, people can differ quite significantly at 70. Some 70-year-olds may suffer from physical afflictions or simply lack the verve they had at 60, so one of these wholesome phrases would be a great way of saying happy birthday.

Birthday wishes for fit 70-year-olds

Birthday wishes for fit 70-year-olds

If you have an athletic, healthy lifestyle or simply beastly good genes, you can certainly still be fit at 70. There is many a 70-year-old who still does sports or bike rides, takes long walks and even still works.

Below you can find some phrases for these fit and spritely 70-year-olds who celebrate life and still allow themselves adventure.

  1. Your body is fit, your mind is wise.
    Isn’t this the perfect time to travel the world?
  2. You’re 70 years old? We’re sorry, but we had to ask the question as no one can believe it. Are you sure it’s right? Can it really be? People can’t believe it by looking at you! You look tremendous and you’re still far from belonging to the "old folks".
  3. Turning 70 means seven decades and counting.
  4. Still nimble and agile.
    And anything but ordinary.
    Keep it that way, don’t change a thing.
    Let’s celebrate your 70th birthday
    in high spirits with everyone dear to you.
  5. Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.
    (Mark Twain)
  6. Warm wishes on your 70th birthday. I am both envious and proud of you at the same time. With how well you use your time, keep your body and mind fit and take care of those around you, you are a true role model for all 70-year-olds!
  7. Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.
    (Henry Ford)
  8. Just remember, once you’re over the hill you begin to pick up speed.
    (Arthur Schopenhauer)
  9. I will never be an old man. To me, old age is always 15 years older than I am.
    (Francis Bacon)
  10. Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you’ve got to start young.
    (Theodore Roosevelt)
  11. Twenty years from now you’ll be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.
    (Mark Twain)
  12. Let’s go out and show the world that age is just a number by partying till late at night and dancing our hearts out. Happy 70th Birthday!

After a life full of work, many people also find it difficult to just rest and no longer have a regular routine. Our messages are based around the fact that life at 70 is far from over. Any 70-year-old who is still full of beans will be happy to receive a message like this.

Funny 70th birthday wishes

Funny 70th birthday wishes

You can also poke fun at people when they turn 70, but this should be done with caution and you should first weigh up how well the birthday boy or girl can deal with their age.

Many people at that age have long been above such things and come to terms with no longer being the youngest. They can handle messages about age well, as long as you don’t overdo it. Others react sensitively and it’s best to stay away from sending them any funny messages.

  1.  You know you’re getting old when your candles cost more than your cake!
  2. Happy birthday! At 70, blowing out every candle on your birthday cake is not the problem. The problem is trying not to blow out all your dentures at the same time.
  3. At 70 years old, you’re like a classic car. Rich in miles, slight signs of use, but still in good shape.
  4. You’ve turned 70? Great, the perfect age for cruises – let’s go!
  5. Happy 70th birthday! With 70 candles on your birthday cake to blow out, you won’t have to exercise your lungs for a month.
  6. Happy 70th birthday! Don’t look so glum. At least you’re not 80.
  7. Happy 70th birthday! Don’t be sad about your age. In dog years, you’d just be 10 years old.
  8. Happy 70th birthday! You look amazing for someone who is hitting 80!
  9. You didn’t turn 70 today, you turned 50 with 20 years of experience.
  10. Don’t look at turning 70 as the glass half empty. Just keep filling that glass to the brim with your favorite whisky. You’ll be so blind drunk, you won’t know if your glass is half empty or full. Happy 70th birthday!
  11. A few words of wisdom on the secret of eternal youth: lie about your true age.
  12. Once you turn 70, you can start wearing diapers again – growing old just means you get to enjoy childhood once more. Do what you enjoy the most.
  13. Attractive, dashing, sweet, amazing, intelligent, friendly, charming, cheerful, hilarious, and witty… well that’s all about me… Happy 70th Birthday!

Used correctly, funny phrases can create a good atmosphere and make the birthday boy or girl laugh. They are suitable, for example, for rounding off your birthday speech with a bit of humor or using alone as a small birthday toast.

If you opt to write a funny phrase in a birthday card, you should always balance it out with a more serious birthday message. Why not check out some more of our funny phrases and jokes?

More 70th birthday wishes

Happy 70th birthday wishes – something for everyone

People’s 70s can look very different. Some are still very fit at this age and even still working, whilst others may have developed some physical afflictions and enjoy a quieter everyday life.

You should adapt your birthday message to suit the life the birthday boy or girl leads at 70. A phrase about how there are still adventures to be had at 70 may suit sporty people who are still fit and well, but not seniors who want to enjoy their well-deserved rest.

However, all 70-year-olds have one thing in common: they have all lived a long life and have experienced and seen a lot to be appreciated.

Some classic ways of saying happy birthday can be found below, and you can feel free to add on your own phrase or message too:

  • Warm wishes on your 70th birthday!
  • I wish you health, happiness and prosperity for the next year of your life.
  • A very happy 70th birthday!
  • I wish you happiness, love, joy and health on your 70th birthday.
A little birthday surprise

Choose a phrase and write it on a small card with a time and note letting guests know that this phrase should be recited out loud altogether. Of course, the birthday boy or girl shouldn’t cotton on to anything!

Longer 70th birthday messages

Longer 70th birthday messages

The following example messages are suitable for a wide variety of people, men and women alike. They range from personal well wishes for relatives to heartfelt congratulations for friends and somewhat more formal happy birthday messages for acquaintances and professional contacts.

You can use them for guidance and inspiration. It may even be the case that one of these messages is exactly what you’re looking for.

For Mom or Dad

You have seen life
Inside out
You know what it is
Really all about
You have experienced
All that there is to
You have done everything
Expected of you
You have always fulfilled
Every responsibility
Now it’s time for you
To be wild and carefree
Happy 70th birthday!

For your sister or brother

You are a living example
Of how a 70-year-old should be
The way you’ve lived your life
Has greatly inspired me
Your hard work and dedication
Has seen the family through
Here’s a toast to your life
Wishing a happy birthday to you!

For Grandma

Dear Grandma,

Another year goes by,
People go away and say bye
But you’re always there.
We can always be a pair
So have a good birthday, from you to me,
Be the great person, for all the world to see!


I love so many things about you – your cooking, your stories, your calm charisma and much more. You are my role model and still in great shape, even at 70.

For Grandpa

All grandfathers are simply the best
They are a cute and a sweet tribe
Affectionate, caring and lovable are the qualities
Deservingly to them, which I ascribe
But you take all this to a whole new level
With your cuteness and adorableness
Gramps, you are the family’s superstar
You are the source of all our happiness
Happy 70th birthday!

For a friend

Birthday wishes for a friend

Love mingles with
comfort and joy in your presence.
I could live forever in our memories,
And in you, better life of a man has found its essence.
Happy birthday to you!


I love reminiscing with you so I can relive all the beautiful and fun things we’ve done over and over again. I am grateful for your friendship and look forward to our next years having fun together. Happy Birthday!

For an acquaintance

"We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise, we harden."
(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

Even the 70th year of your life still holds some secrets and since life can never be filled with enough experiences, I hope you’ll have many more of them and enjoy your time until you reach the big 8-0. Warm wishes on your birthday!

For a (former) work colleague or boss

Birthdays are a fresh beginning, a time to pursue new endeavors and goals. Move forward with confidence and courage. You are a very special person. May today and all of your days be amazing!


Congratulations on your 70th birthday!

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