So, we're assuming that you've found your way here because it's 11:59 p.m., a loved one (possibly even you!) is about to have a birthday in one minute, and you're scrambling to come up with the absolute perfect caption for their bday post...without repeating exactly what you wrote last year. Or, perhaps you're organized and just checking out some birthday Instagram caption ideas for future celebratory moments. Whatever the case, we've got your back, 'cause it's a lot of pressure making that birthday post, especially because only one (!!) day a year is dedicated solely to celebrating your bestie, mother, sister, and whoever else is worthy of a spot on the main grid.
Ofc, the biggest challenge is probably that S.O. post. (Is this the first birthday you guys are spending together after DTRing? Have you been together so many years at this point that you’re running out of things to write that’ll actually capture everything about the person that you love? Either way, pressure!!) But fear not, friends. If you're wondering, Ugh, how in the hell do I commemorate the birthday of that person who just means so much to me? then just open Instagram, pick a cute photo, and let us do the rest. After all, the app was pretty much created for this, right?
The thing is, you can now relax and take a mini mental break because we've come up with every possible caption for whatever pic you decide to post. Keep on scrolling for the 90+ best birthday Instagram captions that'll secure alll the double taps and give you and the birthday queens (and kings!) the clout they deserve.
For the BFF
- It's now [insert amount of years you've been friends] that we're spending on this earth together. Happy birthday to my day one.
- "That's my best friend, she's a real bad b*tch." —Saweetie
- "Your heart is true, you're a pal and a confidant." A lil Betty White tribute AND tribute to my BFF, whose birthday is today!
- Today is the only day I won't fight you for the last mozz stick. HBD, my girl.
- Happy birthday to the girl who literally crafts 90 percent of the messages to my Tinder matches and smashes pepperoni pizzas. You're the real MVP.
- It's not really your birthday unless I'm posting a sexy pic of us, right?
- Your birthday is worth more than just an IG Story. You get a spot on the grid. ILY.
- Not sure where I'd be without you, [insert name]. Cheers to another [how old they are turning] years.
- It's hard to find people who will love you no matter what. I was lucky enough to find one of them. Happy birthday to you, my best friend.
- So happy we ended up in [place where you met: preschool, college dorm room, etc.] at the same time. HBD to my BFF.
For the S.O.
- This is your official grid debut! It was the exact right occasion for it, too. Happy birthday to my boo.
- "I can't wait to see everything that's yet to be." (Yes, I dropped Ed Sheeran lyrics for this one's bday. It's the real deal.)
- [Insert age they are turning] looks great on you.
- Life isn't perfect, but you're close. Happy birthday, my love.
- To the person I love even when I'm hungry: You're the best. Happy birthday.
- Had no idea this was in store when I downloaded Tinder [or insert however you met]. I also had no idea I'd be the type to post about someone on Instagram for their birthday. Guess you're worth it.
- Happy birthday, my lil [insert zodiac sign].
- HBD to the person who [insert weird thing they do] but still steals my heart Every. Freaking. Day. You're my person, and I love you.
- Happy birthday to the best view.
- Hey, Alexa, play "Birthday Sex" by Jeremih.
- It's me, I'm the gift today.
- Big [insert zodiac sign] energy radiating all over the place.
- HBD to the person in my life I love the most! But actually.
- Shout-out to my mama for birthing me today. Give her all the hype.
- Who knew [insert your age] would bring me so many memories…and tequila shots. Thankful for another year.
- If I didn't post a cute pic of myself, would you even know it was my birthday?
- Tell me happy birthday or GTFO.
- Who knew celebrating me could be so fun?
- Well, I just turned [insert age] and I still have no idea what to do with my hands.
- Hope everyone's celebrating my birthday with pizza, ranch, and rosé. Love you all. Thanks for making my day the best.
- Everyone please bow down to the queen today (and every day). HBD, Mom!
- Today is the day I'm allowed to say "I got it from my mama" however many times I want.
- Happy birthday to the person that everyone mistakes for my sister.
- If I grow up to be half the woman you are, then I'll know I've had too many margaritas. Just kidding, love you.
- Will always celebrate you with tacos, Mom. To my best friend, happy birthday.
- Thanks for always knowing where I left my phone and diagnosing that weird bump on my chin. You always deserve celebrating but especially today. Happy birthday to the best mom.
- I feel seriously bad for people who think they have the best moms. They've got nothing on you. Happy birthday.
- Not sure how aging works, but you don't look a day over 20. Let's hope this woman passed all her good genes to me.
- If you know me, they you know that I'm my mother's daughter. V thankful for that title. Love you, Mom. Happy birthday!
- Happy birthday to the woman who literally spent eight hours birthing me. You're the real one.
- Dad, I can never repay you for everything...literally. So instead I'm putting this pic on IG for your bday.
- Today, the MVP of dad jokes and not knowing any of my friends' names was born. Love you, Dad!
- Happy birthday to my hero.
- In honor of your birthday, you get to tell one dad joke today. One!
- To the man who always taught me right from wrong, how to ride a bike, and the easiest way to shotgun a beer, I love you. Happy birthday.
- Happy birthday to the dude who raised me. Bless you for putting up with my ass. You deserve all the celebrations today.
- Remember when Darth Vader said, “I am your father?” Yeah, I felt that. HBD, Dad!
- Happy birthday to the person who taught me how I deserve to be treated.
- HBD to my main man, who fully knows that I still don't understand 401(k) plans and first downs but still wants to hang with me. Love you!
- Happy birthday to the one responsible for my [insert trait].
For the Siblings
- It's not really your birthday unless I post a pic of us where I look cuter, right?
- I always wanted a brother, but I guess you're alright. HBD!
- Happy birthday to the girl who shares her clothes with me...even if she doesn't always know it.
- Sisters by chance, friends by choice. HBD to my number one since day one.
- No matter how old and wise you may get, pls remember that I will always be older and wiser. Love you.
- It's my sister's birthday! Let's make a lil commotion for her.
- Happy birthday to a woman who has the world's greatest sister.
- A v special birthday shout-out to the baddest big sis in the game. You're a real one.
- Happy birthday to the one who always gets mistaken for my twin.
- You'll always be the Gigi to my Bella. Happy birthday, sis.
- I love you—even when your breathing annoys me. HBD, bro!
- You deserve all the attention today. Happy birthday!
- Happy birthday to the guy who ensured that I will always be Mom and Dad's favorite child.
- Can we all give my brother the clout he deserves on his day?
- A v happy birthday to the world's okayest brother. Love you, mean it.
- Because I have a brother, I'll always have a friend. HBD, big guy.
- HBD to the guy with the world's best sister. Let's keep on annoying each other forever, k?
- Thanks for letting me tag along with you for the past [insert number] years. [Insert age] looks good on you, bro.
- IDK how much taller than me you are at [insert age]—you'll always be my annoying little brother.
- You're kind of gross, but ILY. Happy birthday!
For the Cousins
- TG we were born as cousins, because we would absolutely wreak havoc as sisters.
- Being related to me is the only bday gift you need, just saying.
- Even if we weren't cousins, I'd still choose you as my BFF. Happy birthday!
- Another year of showing the world the absolute fabulousness that comes with our last name.
- Yes, we share some genes, TYVM! Happy birthday to my OG best friend.
- Even though we're just cousins, LYLAS! HBD, cuz.
- Happy birthday, lady. Feeling extra grateful today that we share roughly 12.5 percent of our DNA.
- I may be the favorite grandchild, but you'll always be my favorite cousin. Happy bday to my OG BFF.
- From diapers to dive bars, you'll always be my partner in crime. HBD to the best cousin in the game.
- Thanks for being the Saweetie to my Gabrielle Union, cuz. HBD. (Side note: Did anyone else just figure out that Saweetie and Gabrielle Union are cousins??)
- You deserve all the cake and sparkles today. Happy birthday!
- HBD to the person who will never act their age. You're an inspiration.
- Happiest of birthdays to you, [name]. I have a feeling that the best is yet to come.
- If we get to celebrate you only one day a year, then let's do the damn thing.
- Happy birthday to this legend. Aging like fine wine is an understatement.
- Chances are that birthday candles won't be the only thing getting lit this weekend.
- Another year older, but definitely not any wiser. ;)
- You're not old—you're vintage. HBD, queen/king!
- On this day a star was born. Happy bday, [name].
- Ryan Gosling told me to tell you happy birthday. Seriously.
- You're not getting older—you're just leveling up!
- Happy birthday, [insert name]. Can you at least try to look a year older?
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.
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