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50 happy belated birthday wishes sure to get you out of trouble


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50 happy belated birthday wishes sure to get you out of trouble

There’s no getting around it. No one deserves that dreaded happy belated birthday wishes from anyone, especially a loved one, but it’s inevitable we can forget about our nearest and dearest on their special day. It’s work getting the best of you; a friend’s personal problems sidetracking you; sometimes you just outright forget without reason, having to regrettably send happy belated birthday wishes.

So how do you make up for it? (Besides spoiling them to no end.) The best way to get on anybody’s good side is to make them laugh! That’s right; your run of the mill “Happy Belated Birthday…” won’t cut it. Plus, humour is great because you can be funny in so many ways: self-deprecating, philosophical, sarcastic, absurd, facetious, you name it. No matter what your personality, there’s a right message for any and everyone to cheer them up. (But please give them nice things too!)


01“I know you think I forgot your birthday but I just couldn’t find a place that would do fake toe tags.”

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02“I’m so sorry, I guess I forgot your birthday. But you know what I haven’t forgotten? You might be getting older, but deep down you’re still an awkward antisocial teenager.”


03“You know your Facebook doesn’t have your birthday listed? How else am I supposed to remember. I had to go through your wallet to double-check only find out you haven’t been 30 since 2013. Happy belated birthday!”


04“This can’t be a belated birthday wish because birthdays are supposed to last a week long. Happy birthday week!”


05“Since humans created the concept of time, and I know you’re not really turning 30 this year, I’ll go along with you being 30 as long as we agree I’m not late to wish you a happy birthday!”


06“You’ve been 50 for like 10 years now I stopped paying attention after the 5th time. But anyway so sorry for the belated birthday wishes I hope your birthday was wonderful!”


07“Being late is frowned upon in polite society, but you know how much we’ve gotten used to you frowning at me. Happy belated birthday!”

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08“I’m usually so early for things I feel weird knowing I came late for once. Sorry and happy birthday!”


09“Okay fine, so I’m late to wish you a happy birthday, but we haven’t had a birthday celebration yet, so if you want free drinks, I haven’t forgotten your birthday because it still is your birthday!”


10“I know you’re mad about the belated birthday wishes, but you’ll get over it at dinner after a couple of glasses of wine and your free slice of birthday cake at the restaurant.”


11“Today, everyone’s going to be saying “wow it’s your birthday? You haven’t aged in years and you’ve still got so much left to experience and live for!”


12“I know I constantly give you a hard time and I’m so sorry you can’t do the same to me because I’m literally perfectionist, so I tried to humble myself and give you my version of the best birthday present: I am sorry I purposely “forgot”


13“This birthday wish is as late as my last period. Surprise!”

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14“There’s no way to truly say sorry. I legitimately forgot your birthday. Maybe now you’ll stop buying me gift cards and actually make an effort when mine rolls around.”


15“Look, you’re growing old by the seconds, not years. Birthdays are a hard form of measurement to keep track of your aging. But despite all that, happy belated birthday!”


16“Sending late birthday wishes makes it look like I forgot and that I don’t care about you, but if I didn’t care, I wouldn’t have attached a cute cat picture to go with my message!”


17“Not everything that comes late has to be bad! Steve Carrel wasn’t famous for his comedy acting until he was 40 years old and he turned out just fine. Happy belated birthday!”


18“What’s that saying, better late than never? Did my attempt at being charming work? Ok fine, I’m sorry for forgetting your birthday, so there’s unlimited drinks on me tonight.”


19“Alright but my bad memory is never an issue anytime I forgot your mom’s lunch dates so… You know I’m right but happy belated birthday regardless!”

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20“My birthday wish is as late as you were to your own party for it. I add a sorry to this and we’re even?”


21“Yes, I know you’re going to be upset I’m wishing you a belated birthday so I’m taking full blame. But you always say there’s nothing a little wine and handcuffs can’t fix.”


22“It’s so weird, my original birthday wish didn’t seem to go through, just like all the texts of you randomly checking up on me never going through, even though you’ve definitely been sending them to me. Happy belated birthday!”


23“You don’t need one measly birthday for me to tell you how special you are, so I’ll just be randomly wishing you a happy birthday every other week or so. Happy birthday!”


24“I know you’re not happy, but you know how selfish I am. Remembering anything that isn’t about me is hard, so happy belated birthday!”


25“You’re always saying how much you like unconventional people, so hey, I haven’t forgotten your birthday, I’m going against the grain and making it a thing to wish you a wonderful belated birthday!”


26“You’re the one always saying how stupid birthdays are. I thought it’d be rude to wish you a happy one-year-closer-to-death day anyway. But sorry anyway, please accept my sincerest belated birthday wishes.”

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27“You know how hard it is to come up with a funny way of saying happy birthday? Took me all day and then I forgot what I needed to say trying so hard to find the humour. This is all I came up with. That and I’m the worst! I forgot your wonderful day but hope you’ll find it in you to still accept my best belated birthday wishes.”


28“Remember that time you wished me a happy birthday a day early and you thought it wasn’t a big deal? Yeah, I’m wishing you one a day late.”


29“Your birthday’s the last in the family’s so you can’t blame us all for forgetting when it comes around.”


30“Sometimes I’m too early, sometimes I’m too late? Until you make up your mind, happy belated birthday.”


31“What’s worse, me forgetting your birthday completely, or just being a day late to wish you one? Either way please don’t hate me and happy belated birthday!”


32“What lie should I come up with this time? Happy belated birthday!”


33“I thought I spoiled you enough! I’m so sorry I have to care about your birthday too. Just kidding, I know you had the best possible day and hope I never let you down again.”

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34“Forgot your birthday? Your birthday isn’t over until there’s no cake left!”


35“May God/the universe not have my memory and remember all the blessings you deserve. Happy belated birthday.”


36“Me? Forgot? Your birthday? No way! I’m just trying to separate myself from the herd. Hope your day was filled with as much laughter as this message better have given you.”


37“Unless you received all of your birthday wishes on your exact birth time, I’m not the only late one. But happy belated birthday.”


38“I’m way too special for my birthday message to be drowned by everyone else’s. Blessings and more time spent with me on your belated birthday!”


39“Well you’re always saying I’m getting old, so jokes on you! Even if it’s not my fault I forgot, what with my aging brain and bad memory, I’ll say sorry and have a happy wonderful belated birthday.”


40“I’m not telling you it’s time to die, I’m just saying your birthdays are getting harder to keep up with I don’t even know what year we’re at now… Okay fine, I’m sorry I forgot your birthday, but I hope you enjoyed it despite my forgetting.”

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41“I know your birthday comes around the same time every year but you also know I never say sorry. But consistency was never my thing, so I’m really sorry and I wish you a belated birthday with love and support.”


42“Honestly, I wouldn’t blame you if you wanted to cut me off because yes I forgot your birthday. But, I’m such a nice person I’m still wishing you a happy healthy belated birthday with or without me in your life.”


43“You said birthdays are never a big thing with you so I’m showing you how much I listen and support your ideas by sending you casual but belated birthday wishes. PS but don’t think I forgot about it. PPS I’m sorry.”


44“I feel so bad for the belated birthday wishes. I’m eternally sorry and would like to give up one of my kids/pets as a token of my apology. Your pick!”


45“I’m so sorry for the late birthday message. How much is it going to cost to make it up to you?”


46“THERE’S NO TIME FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY THE REVOLUTION IS UPON US. Just kidding, I’m so sorry I forgot your birthday but I hope your special day was as beautiful and amazing as you are.”

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47“I honestly think trying so hard reminding myself every day about your birthday somehow made my brain tired of remembering. I’m so sorry! Have a happy belated birthday filled without overcompensating!”


48“If I say sorry, and never give you crap for making me wait for you when we’re going out, can we pretend I never forgot your birthday? Either way happy belated birthday!”


49“Hey what kind of flowers say I’m sorry for being late to wish you a happy birthday? Asking for a friend…”


50“Okay, I can hardly remember my own birthday, so I feel like it’s expected I wouldn’t remember yours either…Happy belated birthday my dear!”


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