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The Ultimate, Hilarious List Of Funny Late Birthday Wishes

Being considerate enough to know that you need to tell someone, “I forgot your birthday” means that you also know that you’ve disappointed someone very close to you, and you need to put a smile back on their face. Whether it’s a blood relative, coworker, or a cool friend, your next move is to prepare a belated birthday card with funny late birthday wishes for friends and family.

Illustration saying happy belated birthday to you

How Do You Apologize For Late Birthday Wishes?

When you send your happy birthday messages after the date, make sure you make mention of your tardiness and use an apologetic tone in your message, especially if you’ve scorned a particularly thorny rose in your garden of friends and family.

Is It Correct To Say, "Happy Belated Birthday"?

Absolutely! However, when wishing someone a happy belated birthday, add a personal note or anecdote that you know the recipient will appreciate.

How Do You Apologize For Forgetting Your Birthday?

When you realize that you’ve forgotten someone’s birthday, even a day late is still… well, late. The more important that you are to that person, the more bummed out they would be to know that you forgot their special day; therefore, make sure that belated birthday messages for your closest friends and family should be sincere, yet lighthearted.

Short, Sweet And Funny Belated Happy Birthday Wishes

  • Life is all about forgiving and forgetting, so my gift to you is that I forgot your birthday, and you get to forgive me. Now you can thank me, too! Happy late birthday, and you’re welcome in advance.
  • Did you know that nothing is more attractive than a forgiving nature? Happy belated birthday, to a beautiful, kind, and understanding girlfriend.
  • Finding the right way to wish you a happy birthday made me miss the date- nonetheless, happy late birthday!
  • You’re probably upset that I forgot your birthday, but I know that you’ll let me buy you dinner to make up for it. Hope you enjoyed your special day!
  • How was I supposed to know it was your birthday, when you won’t sign up for Facebook? I’ll bring cake next time I see you.
  • Can I bribe you instead of begging for your forgiveness for forgetting your birthday? Here’s ten bucks.
  • I never forgot your birthday- I just felt that my best wishes would stand out more when you weren’t reading everyone else’s cards. Happy belated birthday, I hope you had a blast!
  • This birthday message is coming to you late, so it seems like a good excuse to have another party! I’ll bring a gift, you bring the cake.
  • No matter what I do, it will never change the fact that I forgot your birthday- but maybe a pizza will help you forgive me. I hope you had a great birthday, and that you like pepperoni.
  • Awesome, forgiving, and cool friends like you don’t get angry when someone forgets their birthday- thanks for being so excellent and accepting my belated birthday card!

Funny Belated Birthday Poems

  • I’m sorry that this is coming quite late,

    But I just wish your birthday was great.
    I’m sorry to tell you this way,
    Though I never have the right words to say,
    Happy belated birthday to you,
    May your candle-blowing wishes come true!

  • OK, so this card is late 
    Landing on your mat 
    But I’m your number one best mate 
    Who else can give a gift like that?

  • To make this card took a lot of talent, effort, and skill.
    Although it’s late, I hope you get a thrill!
    I forgot your birthday, do you think next year I will?
    Maybe not, since you’ll be over the hill!
female laughing at her birthday party
  • Please forgive me for being a smidge too late
    But I wish you only happiness
    No matter the date

    I hope your big day was great
    Next year I’ll be at your party, with a gift to leave you speechless
    I only have 363 more days to wait!

  • This birthday message is only a teensy-weensy late-
    I remembered you… I just forgot the date!
    My calendar said you were 65 today,
    I thought that was a mistake, there’s just no way!
    You’re so youthful, vibrant, and vivacious, too;
    There’s only so much a fella can do!
    Anybody can say happy birthday on time,
    But I went through the trouble to think of a rhyme.

There are two great days in a person's life - the day we are born and the day we discover why.

  • Although this card will be late to your box,
    Don’t be mad, dear friend!
    Happy belated birthday, you silver fox-
    I hope your special day was splendid!
  • Your birthday came and went.
    Here’s the card I should have sent!
    A good friend won’t care what I spent
    To say, “Happy late birthday,” after the event.
    I’ll mark my calendar, next year will be different!
  • Happy birthday messages are expected on the day-
    However, mine is being read just a little late.
    If I could go back in time, I’d be at your party without delay.
    Instead, I’ll prepare for next year by writing down the date!.
candles on happy birthday cake
  • I had this card all ready to send,
    I was careful not to rip or bend.
    Despite my effort, the fact that I forgot
    To mail this thing means you didn’t know I thought
    About you at all on your big day!
    Did you think I forgot your birthday? No way!
    Well here it is, a little too late
    Please forgive me, sorry mate!
  • You may think this card is a little bit late,
    But you’ll have to change your tune;
    It’s not (2) days late,
    But (363) days too soon!
    You were expecting a belated birthday card
    I’m begging you to please forgive the fact that I forgot;
    However, I thought about you really hard,
    And “all that counts is the thought!”
Man laughing at birthday party

Funny Late Birthday Wishes For Friends

  • I hope you’re not feeling deflated that my birthday message is belated. I hope I won’t be berated- when you see my gift, you’ll be elated!
  • Oh “meow” gosh… Did I forget your birthday, my favorite cat lady?! I hope you had a fantastic day with your furry, feline friends. 
  • I circled the date and everything, so I don’t even have an excuse for forgetting your birthday, this time! Happy birthday buddy, I’ll try to get my happy birthday messages to you on time next year.
  • Thinking that I had forgotten your birthday might have wiped the smile off of your face, but hopefully this belated birthday card will turn that frown upside down. Thanks for being a cool friend, year after year.
  • A little bird told me that you were bummed out about me missing your big day- after realizing that I can talk to birds, I decided that it was my duty as a Disney princess to wish you a happy belated birthday. I hope your special day was like a magical, colorful, animated adventure.

Good Late Birthday Gifts

  • All of your friends and family came together on your special day, to celebrate in an excellent way- except for your most forgetful friend, that is to say! Happy belated birthday,
  • Wishing you a happy late birthday and hoping that you can please forgive me for forgetting your birthday. Is there any cake left? I know a good friend like you would remember to save me a piece.
  • Missing the chance to be the first among your happy birthday messages is a crime- consider me guilty as charged! On the bright side, being one of your only belated birthday messages means that you’ll remember me all year as your criminally late, cool friend.
  • Will these puppy dog eyes help you forgive me for forgetting your birthday, or do I need to bring an actual puppy next time we meet up? I’d be barking mad not to wish you a happy late birthday.
  • The comedy of thinking up funny belated birthday messages to send my dear friend outweighs the tragedy of my forgetting your birthday to begin with, so hopefully my card puts a smile on your face- I know it did for me!

Funny Belated Birthday Wishes For Your Brother

  • If you had been born later in the year than me, then I wouldn’t have to send belated birthday messages. Here’s to hoping that you had a great day, big brother!
  • If you weren’t my little brother, I’d ask you to please forgive me for forgetting your birthday. However, I’ll give you a noogie if you bring up the fact that I forgot. Happy belated birthday.
  • I’m sure you’ve realized that I’d forgotten your birthday by now. However, if it makes you feel any better, I forgot two doctor appointments and an anniversary this year, as well! Happy belated birthday, to my unforgettable brother.
  • How am I supposed to expect your birthday when you still look like a little twerp? When you start growing up, I’ll start remembering- until then, happy belated birthday to my annoying, yet lovable, younger brother.
  • Happy birthday messages from friends and family are a dime a dozen, but a funny belated birthday card from your only sister is one in a million. I hope your special day was like a dozen of puppies giving you millions of kisses!
Multi colored sign happy birthday bro
  • You know that I’m not the type to “go with the crowd,” so it isn’t that I forgot your birthday- I just didn’t want to be a conformist by celebrating it on the day that I stopped being an only child. Happy belated birthday, to my lil’ bro.
  • Happy birthday messages for you should really be directed at our mom; after all, she put in a tremendous effort to bring you into the world. Please forgive me for not putting the effort into sending your card on time.
  • Forgetting your special day doesn’t mean that I don’t remember what a pain in the neck you are- thanks for being a forgiving, but annoying brother. I hope you had a great birthday!
  • Remembering your birthday would be a little easier if you looked older. Happy late birthday, to the baby boy of our family!
  • Belated birthday messages mean more coming from your one and only brother, right? I hope you had a great day, bro!

Funny Belated Birthday Wishes For Your Sister

  • When we were kids, you know I was always missing the bus, tardy for class, and even last to be born- so please forgive my habit of forgetting your birthday! Happy belated birthday to my patient big sister.
  • When Mom told me that I missed my sister’s big day, I wasn’t sure if she meant birthday, anniversary, or Mother’s Day. Therefore, along with wishing you a happy late birthday, I’d like to thank you for making me check my calendar!
  • A birthday message on any day means just the same thing- I hope you had a great day, sis! If not, I can throw you a party and bake a cake.
  • I am sorry I missed seeing you cut the cake I sent; however, the fact that you ate it already is a sign of your forgiveness. Happy belated birthday to my big sis.
  • As your younger sister, “please forgive me” is something you hear from me a few times a year- this time of year, it must mean that I’m supposed to wish you a happy belated birthday!
  • May all the troubles, trials, and tribulations in life miss you, just as I missed your birthday. Happy late birthday, baby sister.
  • It’s so saddening that I missed your birthday party; maybe you can throw another party so I can have cake, too? Happy belated birthday from your favorite little sister.
  • The bad news is that I forgot your birthday- the good news is, I forgot how old you are, too! I hope you had a great day, sis.
  • It’s not that I’m always forgetting your birthday, but I’m fashionably late with birthday messages. Happy Birthday, dearest sister!
  • Your idea of a special day is arranging a birthday party to trick your friends and family into cleaning your house for you. Therefore, I have no regrets in missing my sister’s big day, but I hope you enjoyed it!

You know you're getting old when you get that one candle on the cake. It's like, 'See if you can blow this out.'

Funny Late Birthday Wishes For Your Mom

  • Missing your birthday was one of the worst mistakes I ever made, but you always forgive me when I slip up. Happy belated birthday, and thanks for being a forgiving mother!
  • When Dad called me to say that I forgot your big day, I thought he meant it was MY birthday- after all, I’m your biggest accomplishment. Happy late birthday from your favorite son.
  • An overdue birthday message doesn’t mean it’s not from the heart, Mom- it just means that you raised a forgetful child. I hope you had a great day!
  • Your birthday means more to me than anything else; however, I don’t remember anything that’s important to me. Please forgive my slip of the mind and accept this belated birthday card, Mom!
  • As my mother, you can call me half and half; I’m equal parts ashamed of myself for having forgotten your birthday and happy that you enjoyed a special day.
pink mom sign surrounded by pink gifts
  • I hope your birthday was beautiful and full of surprises- just like you! Happy belated birthday to my mom.
  • Mom, please forgive me for sending such a late birthday message, but I felt like the best gift to you would be one less annoying child at your house- that’s why I didn’t remind my brother, anyway!
  • If there is any way I can make it up for forgetting your birthday please let me know- I’ll be your birthday genie, at your service!
  • Missing your birthday means I missed your world-famous home-made always-delicious birthday cake… I’m sorry for both of us. Happy late birthday, Mom.
  • A mother like you that’s always there for her kids deserves to celebrate every single day as though it’s her special day; therefore, sending you happy birthday messages on any given day should be acceptable! Happy belated birthday, Mom!

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Funny Late Birthday Wishes For Your Dad

  • Am I still a daddy’s girl if I missed your big day? You’re still the best man in my life- happy belated birthday, Dad!
  • If being cool means not aging, then I was right to not give you a happy birthday message; however, I wanted to wish my rad dad an excellent, awesome, happy late birthday!
  • Happy belated birthday to my father, the most reliable, honest, and loving man I have ever known- thanks in advance for forgiving me for forgetting your birthday.
  • Happy late birthday, to my mentor, friend, and most importantly: my Dad.
  • I would ask you to please forgive me for forgetting your birthday; however, you can’t remember where your keys are, when your anniversary is, or where you parked your car. Happy late birthday, Dad!
  • Your birthday isn’t over until your cake is all gone; I know how quick you eat cake, though, so it’s probably over. Happy belated birthday, to my well-fed Dad!
  • Considering everything I put you through, you’ve aged very well, Dad! Happy belated birthday to a hip, youthful, cool daddy-o.
  • I may be late with my happy birthday message, but you were late to the delivery room for my birth. I love you Dad, hope you had a great day at home!
  • Belated birthday messages are the only kind you get because the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree- and the tree of knowledge, you are not. Happy late birthday, Dad, from the apple of your eye!
  • Dad, you’re always there to bail me out- whether it’s a flat tire, a couple bucks for rent, or forgetting your birthday, you never refuse to help me. Thanks, and I hope you had a special day.
Dad surrounded by family for his birthday

Funny Belated Birthday Wishes For Your Grandma

  • In the play of my life, you have the biggest part
    My grandma has the most special place in my heart
    I hope you like my belated birthday card
    For my memaw, who I love so hard!
  • From the bottom of my heart, I would like to thank you for being the most wonderful grandmother in the entire world; there’s no trophy for that, but this belated birthday card should be a good start
  • You’re more to me than just my mother’s mom- you’re my mentor, best friend, and guardian angel. Granny, I hope your birthday was the special day that you deserve!
  • I am the luckiest grandchild in the world because God has blessed me with the world’s most wonderful granny. Please forgive me for sending your birthday message late, and I hope you had a great day!
  • The reason that the world is so beautiful is that my grandma’s a part of it. Happy late birthday, to my lovely granny.
  • Your birthday party last year was extravagant, opulent, and certainly memorable. However, the date still slipped my mind, this year! Happy belated birthday, to my world-class grandma.
  • Grandma, I hope that your special day was like the many diapers that you’ve changed: full of surprises!
  • If there was a Miss Retired Universe pageant for grannies, you would have no trouble taking the crown! Happy late birthday to the golden girl of the golden years.
  • I always say that if my grandmother told everyone how she looks so young, the beauty product industry would go out of business. Wishing you a happy belated birthday, with your fountain of youth!
  • Grandma, you have reached that point in life where you bid farewell to full price and welcome senior citizen discounts. Get ready to show I.D., because you still get mistaken as my sister! Happy belated birthday, from your always late granddaughter.

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Funny Belated Birthday Wishes For Your Grandpa

  • Wishing a happy belated birthday to the greatest, kindest, and oldest man I know: my grandpa!
  • Happy late birthday, Grandpa! I won’t tell anyone that it’s your 100th, if you don’t tell anyone that I forgot the date. I hope your special day was one in a hundred!
  • Happy Birthday, Grandpa! Here is to another year of aches, pains, and complaints. Since my birthday message is late, I’ll listen to all of it without a grumble.
  • Grandfather, I hope that you were able to forget all of your troubles on your big day, just like how I forgot your birthday. If you’ve forgotten who I am, then never mind! Happy belated birthday, from your favorite grandson.
  • For your belated birthday card, I wanted to remind you that your age is just a few years. Just like the earth has some water, just like the sky has a couple of stars. Love you, Grandpa! Happy birthday.
  • Do you feel tired, worn-out, and forgetful? If so, then you understand how I could’ve forgotten my Grandpa’s big day! Happy belated birthday, to my favorite relic of time.
  • Since you’ve survived another year of life, you should know that things have changed: movies have sound, phones are portable, and dinosaurs are extinct. Happy late birthday from your youngest grandson!
  • The fact that I forgot your birthday doesn’t mean that I forgot anything else about you- along with your belated birthday card, I’ll send you some Icy Hot and Poligrip. Love you, Grandpa!
  • Grandpa- you may not be a master artist, musical prodigy, or a culinary expert- in fact, your shining accomplishment is being the oldest guy I know. Happy late birthday, Methuselah.
  • Happy birthday, Grandpa- I know it can’t be as exciting now that you can’t ride a dinosaur to celebrate, but hopefully you enjoyed your special day just like an episode of The Flintstones.
Grandparents enjoying birthday

Funny Late Birthday Wishes For Your Aunt Or Uncle

  • Giving you belated birthday messages every year makes me feel bad that I make you wait; however, at the pace you walk, everyone in the family is always waiting on you! Happy late birthday, to my aunt with the funny walk.
  • Would you stay mad at your favorite niece for forgetting your birthday? I bet you wouldn’t if I brought you some cake. I hope you had a great day, and I know you love chocolate!
  • I couldn’t make the trip to be at your party, but it isn’t like I forgot your birthday. I did, however, neglect to mail my birthday message to you on time! Happy belated birthday, to an awesome uncle.
  • Happy birthday messages from your nieces and nephews come in the dozens, but I stand out by sending one a week late. I hope that your special day was a heap of fun!
  • My wonderful aunt, you’re one of the most treasured people in my life- I hope that your big day was a rare, dazzling, spectacular extravaganza! Happy belated birthday, from your favorite niece.
  • Wishing a happy birthday to my warm, kind, and caring aunt. I hope you have lots of laughter, fun and excitement on your special day.
  • I might not have messaged you until after the fact, but I hope my favorite uncle had a happy late birthday.
  • It’s not that I forgot your birthday, I just didn’t click “send” after typing the message. Happy belated birthday, from your nephew.
  • I’m not sad for missing your special day, but I do regret missing out on the cake. Happy late birthday, to my uncle.
  • Better late than never, right? Happy belated birthday, to my aunt who’s often late, as well!

How Do You Wish Someone A Late Birthday

  • I haven’t forgotten your birthday, I just wanted it to be a surprise; therefore, I planned to send you belated birthday messages, to begin with! I hope you had a great day, dear friend.
  • Shakespeare said, “What’s in a name?” I say, “What’s in a date?” Happy birthday buddy, because a birthday by any other date smells just as sweet!
  • Had I known how upset you would get, I never would’ve forgotten your birthday; however, that means that I learned something new this year. Happy late birthday, to my newest teacher.
  • Why should I be sorry about not wishing you a happy birthday, when that means you had one extra piece of cake? consider this belated birthday card as a “you’re welcome.”
  • I don’t like the feeling of missing your birthday, so here’s a belated birthday card. Next week, I’ll send you an early birthday card for next year! I hope you had a great day, and many more to come.
  • You’re a cool friend, bu you can’t remember where you park your car, leave your purse, or put your cellphone; therefore, don’t be mad that I forgot your birthday! I hope your special day was unforgettable.
  • So as to not add to the maelstrom of your happy birthday messages mail storm, I decided in advance to send you a late birthday card. Wishing you the best, and hoping you had a great day- the post office didn’t!
  • I bet no one other than me sent you belated birthday messages. Either your other friends and family are all more responsible than me, or I’m your cool friend that’s always fashionably late.
  • I’m sure that you partied like a rock star on your birthday, so you might not have noticed that I wasn’t there. However, I’d like to wish you a happy belated birthday, with Tylenol and water.
  • I have hurt you by missing your birthday, but I am sure the wounds will heal once you see the gift that I sent for you. Consider this belated birthday card as a band-aid!

How Do You Say Happy Belated Birthday In A Funny Way

  • I forgot your birthday. So what? There’s always a next time, next year. ‘Til then, belated happy birthday.
  • I got you a birthday card, an e-card, a gift, some flowers, chocolates, and your favorite bottle of red. What more could you ask for? Now stop complaining and please forgive me for forgetting your birthday. Happy birthday, mate!
  • Stop whining about how I forgot your birthday. Be a man; let’s have a beer to celebrate.
  • There is really no point in wishing someone happy birthday after their birthday has gone by. But, being the loyal friend that I am, here’s a belated birthday wish just for you. Cheers!
  • I hope you did not feel bad about how I missed your birthday, because I don’t feel guilty, either. Belated happy birthday, darling!
Happy birthday written on individual colorful balloons
  • Life has a habit of throwing curve balls at you, but you always throw your bat at the pitcher and run for the hills. Happy belated birthday, to a cool friend who doesn’t play by the rules.
  • The best thing about having a cool friend like you is that not only do you not care that I forgot your birthday, but you also want to celebrate every day like it still is. 
  • Apologies aren’t my strong suit, but neither are happy birthday messages- excuse my lateness and happy late birthday, now let’s have cake!
  • You can always count on a friend like me, except to remember a date on my own. I hope you had a great day- call me beforehand next year, and I’ll say “happy birthday buddy” on the right day!
  • I might’ve forgotten your birthday, but now that I know, I can’t wait to see your reaction to the gift I picked out for you! Happy belated birthday, dear friend.

How Do You Apologize For Late Birthday Wishes

  • Being with you is a dream come true; however, remembering your birthday is a dream not yet realized. Happy belated birthday, please forgive me for spacing out again.
  • Marking my calendar wasn’t enough for me to remember your birthday, so here I am, adding to your pile of belated birthday messages. Would you forgive me if I get the date tattooed to my hand?
  • Time moves by so quickly, your birthday flew right past me! I’m sorry for missing your party- I hope your special day was a blast.
  • I thought of an excellent excuse for why I forgot your birthday, but I forgot that, too. I know a cool friend like you won’t hold it against me!
  • Happy late birthday dear friend- I’m sorry it’s not on time, but “better late than never,” right?
  • Birthdays only come once a year, but there’s 364 UNbirthdays every year. Having said that, instead of sending a belated birthday card, I’ll wish you a very merry unbirthday!
  • We’ve made some excellent memories at your birthday parties in the past, so don’t think your birthday isn’t a special day to me just because I can’t remember the date.
  • This message is coming late, but I hope you can please forgive your dear friend- you know I have the memory of a goldfish. Happy belated birthday, from my bowl of water!
  • I’m sending you this message a day after your birthday, but know this: gifts received late will be extra great! I hope the fact that I forgot which day you were born on doesn’t make us any less best friends.
  • It’s not that I keep forgetting your birthday, I just remember it late.I hope your big day was the biggest, your cake the sweetest, and your gifts the grandest!

Inspirational Birthday Quotes



The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.



No wise man ever wished to be younger.



Don't regret another birthday, the good news is that you are alive and can celebrate it.



Don't just count your years, make your years count.



I believe that no matter what condition you are in when someone close to your heart remembers your birthday and wishes you a happy birthday, you feel happy.



Wisdom doesn't necessarily come with age. Sometimes age just shows up all by itself.



I am long on ideas, but short on time. I expect to live to be only about a hundred.



To me a birthday means celebrating the presence of an individual in our lives.



The great thing about getting older is that you don't lose all the other ages you've been.



You can live to be a hundred if you give up all the things that make you want to live to be a hundred.

Funny Late Birthday Wishes For Friends And Family