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How to:
We’ve all been there, having to make a toast in front of a dozen Russians who’re making long impressive speeches of goodwill. Have a few well wishes up your sleeve.

The basics:

С днём рождения! Happy birthday!

Поздравляю! Congratulations! Я тебе желаю…

I wish you…(+ genitive case)

Я тебе желаю:

Всего хорошего! All good things!

Огромного счастья! The greatest happiness!

Всего самого наилучшего! All the very best!

Любви! Счастья! Здоровья!

Love! Happiness! Health! Чтоб все твои мечты сбылись!

That all your dreams come true!

If you have a good memory:

Now this may sound cheesy in English, but the Russians appreciate it:

Пожелаю и успехов, и удачи, радости, здоровья, красоты; И любви – до неба, не иначе; чтоб сбылись прекрасные мечты! I wish you success and luck, joy, health and beauty; And love – the sky’s the limit no less; so that wonderful dreams come true!

More materialistic wishes:

Много подарков! Lots of presents!

Вкусного торта! A delicious cake!

Весёлого года! A joyful year!

If in doubt as to what they’d want:

Всего, что ты сам себе желаешь! Everything you would want for yourself!

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