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80 clever birthday Instagram captions to celebrate your special day

Plus, sweet birthday odes to friends, family and significant others.

You only get one birthday a year. And while the words might flow when penning a thoughtful card for friends and family, or posting about their big day on social media, it can be difficult to figure out what to say when it’s your own birthday. 

Alas, during your reign as king or queen for the day, you deserve to find the perfect words of self-love to mark the special occasion. Here, you can become a caption connoisseur with our myriad birthday Instagram captions. Maybe you want something short, sweet and to the point. In that case, “It’s my day!” will do. Perhaps you want a moment of thanks, such as, “Grateful for another trip around the sun filled with laughter, love and countless beautiful moments.” You could go the sarcastic route (or hey, maybe you plan to be totally serious) with: “On this day, a legend was born.” 

We also have birthday Instagram caption ideas for friends, family and significant others. We’ve got tons of ways to say, “I hope this day is as special as you make every day. Happy birthday!” (And that’s one idea, too.) We even have birthday Instagram captions inspired by songs and famous quotes. Which one will you pick? Hurry up before you have to start all over again!

Short birthday Instagram captions

  • Let me eat cake!
  • Grateful for another trip around the sun filled with laughter, love and countless beautiful moments.
  • Another year, another adventure.
  • Keep calm and celebrate on.
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  • It’s my day!
  • Happy Me Day!
  • Cheers to 365 days of laughter and love.
  • It’s my birthday…time to celebrate!
  • Time to dust off my birthday crown.
  •  Honoring my inner child today. Happy birthday to me!
  • Another year older, wiser and better. Happy birthday (to moi)!
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  • Celebrating my journey today and how far I’ve come. Happy birthday to the author of my story!
  • Here’s to another year of self-discovery.
  • Sending a lot of love to myself today. I sure deserve the birthday wishes!
  • Happy birthday to the captain of my ship!

Funny birthday Instagram captions

  • I’m aging like fine wine.
  • You have to get older, but growing up is optional.
  • Age is just the number of years the world has been enjoying me.
  • On this day, a legend was born.
  • Don’t count the years, make the years count.
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  • Happy birthday to the most fabulous person in the room — me!
  • To the one who deserves all the happiness in the world…happy birthday to me.
  • Today’s my birthday. Trust me, I’m vintage!
  • Another year older, but none the wiser. I assure you.
  • Officially in the “sit on the couch and fall asleep early” phase of adulthood. Happy birthday to me.
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  • Hey, everyone, I made it through another year of avoiding adulthood successfully.
  • How am I considered an adult, y’all? Happy birthday to me!
  • Officially at the point in life where my back is going out more than me these days, but hey, I made it another year.
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  • The key to a good birthday: Spend it with people more excited about celebrating birthdays than you are.
  • Let’s hope this birthday cake is as sweet as I am.
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Birthday Instagram captions for friends

  • Hugs, kisses and plenty of birthday wishes!
  • Today is a great day because [name] was born.
  • Let’s all celebrate how amazing [name] is today. Thanks for being you. Happy birthday!
  • It’s their birthday, but [name] definitely isn’t acting their age. Happy birthday!
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  • Happy birthday to [name], always a kid at heart.
  • I’m just here for the cake. And the dear friendship. Happy birthday [name]!
  • I’m so happy [name] was born. A gift to the world and to me.
  • Sending my bestie birthday wishes today. So thankful you’re in my life!
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  • Happy birthday to [name]. You brighten my days with joy and laughter!
  • To the pal who makes every day better — happy birthday! You’re amazing.

Birthday Instagram captions for significant others

  • Happy birthday, my love! Being with you is a gift today and every day.
  • Happy birthday to my better half. How lucky we are to have each other.
  • Happy birthday to the one who always makes my heart skip a beat. Here’s to many more happy and healthy ones together.
  • Happy birthday to the person who stole my heart and continues to steal my kisses. I love you!
  • Thank you for being born. Happy birthday, sweetheart!
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  • Happy birthday! Here’s to another year of making memories and cracking up together.
  • Sending all the birthday love and joy to the person who brings so much love and joy to my life.
  • May your day be as sweet and special as you. Happy birthday!
  • You’re not just my partner, you’re the greatest thing that has ever happened to me. Happy birthday!
  • [X] years ago today, you came into the world and forever changed it for the better. Happy birthday, love!

Birthday Instagram captions for family

  • Here’s to another year of experiences together. I hope all your birthday wishes come true!
  • You’re not only a year older, but a year better. I love you. Happy birthday!
  • I hope this day is as special as you make every day. Happy birthday!
  • May this year be the best year of your life, until the next trip around the sun.
  • Happy birthday to someone who is forever young and forever amazing.
  • Here’s to celebrating the special person [name] is. I hope your birthday wishes come true today!
  • You’ll only be this age for a year, but you’ll be my favorite [familial role] forever. Happy birthday!
  • Happy birthday to the one-of-a-kind [familial role] who deserves a wonderful day today and every day.
  • Happy birthday, dear [familial role]. Our shared memories are the greatest gift, and I’m looking forward to creating many more.
  • Happy birthday, [familial role]. Your guidance and support mean so much to me, and your warmth and wisdom are the best around. 

Birthday Instagram captions from song lyrics

  • “You say it’s your birthday / It’s my birthday too, yeah” —  The Beatles, “Birthday”
  • “Every dog has its day, every day has its way / Of being forgotten / ‘Mom, it’s my birthday’ / Would you say / What would you say?” — Dave Matthews Band, “What Would You Say”
  • “It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to / Cry if I want to / Cry if I want to / You would cry too if it happened to you.”  — Lesley Gore, “It’s My Party”
  • “I don’t know about you / but I’m feeling 22.” — Taylor Swift, “22”
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  • “Now, the party don’t start ‘til I walk in.” — Kesha, “TiK ToK”
  • “Go, go, go, go, go, go /  Go, shorty, it’s your birthday.”  — 50 Cent, “In Da Club”
  • “That there ought to be a time / That we can set aside / To show just how much we love you / And I’m sure you would agree / What could fit more perfectly / Than to have a world party on the day you came to be / Happy birthday to you.” — Stevie Wonder “Happy Birthday”
  • “It’s your birthday you don’t have to do nothin.’” — Destiny’s Child, “Birthday”
  • “Happy birthday, darling / I’ve no present, no fancy cake / But I hope I’ll make you happy with everything I take / I’d like to take away some of your lonely moments / By spending more of mine with you.” — Conway Twitty, “Happy Birthday Darlin’”
  • “Yes I’ll make a resolution / That I’ll never make another one / Just enjoy this ride on my trip around the sun / Just enjoy this ride.” — Jimmy Buffett, “Trip Around the Sun”

Birthday Instagram captions inspired by quotes

  • “The birthday of my life / Is come, my love is come to me.” — Christina Georgina Rossetti
  • “With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.” ― William Shakespeare

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  • “There is still no cure for the common birthday.” ― John Glenn
  • “A birth-date is a reminder to celebrate the life as well as to update the life.” ― Amit Kalantri
  • “I don’t mind getting older; it’s a privilege denied to so many!” ― Chris Geiger
  • “Every day is a gift. But some days are packaged better.” ― Sanhita Baruah
  • “‘We do have funerals for the living,’ Jill said. ‘They’re called birthday parties.’” ― Andrew Shaffer
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  • “Age is of no importance unless you’re a cheese.” — Billie Burke
  • “The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.” — Madeleine L’Engle
  • “Today is the oldest you’ve ever been, and the youngest you’ll ever be again.” — Eleanor Roosevelt