A：Chen Hao, you need to be prepared for a lot of toasting tonight.
A：No, I am talking about honoring someone at a meal or reception by raising a glass of wine, champagne or water and offering a few kind words about that person.
A：There are two kinds of toasts. There is the informal toast that the host offers at the beginning of the meal to welcome his guests.
A：Mr. Davis will stand, raise his glass and thank everyone for coming. He will take a sip of his wine. Then the guests, who remain seated, raise their glasses in response and take a sip.
A：The other is more formal and comes near the end of the meal, usually during dessert. Champagne will be served. After each toast, everyone raises a glass and takes a sip of champagne.
A：Not necessarily, but you will be expected to toast James since you worked closely with him.
A：You could say how good James was to work with, tell a funny story about him, wish him success in his new position or use a favorite quote.
A：Chen Hao, Your toast was excellent and you seemed completely at ease. You obviously practiced your remarks.
A：It is acceptable etiquette to raise your water glass instead of the champagne flute. I usually just raise my glass to my lips so it appears that I am drinking when I am not.
A：Not at all. That was correct etiquette. You never drink to yourself. Only to other people.
A：No you wouldn't. I would have warned you about that.