Whether you’re itching to paint the town red for your b-day, or you’re more of the Netflix-and-chill type, an Instagram post + birthday caption to commemorate your special day is always in order.
Because sure, you can wait for your BFF to share the obligatory birthday post, or you can take matters into your own hands with your own birthday caption.
So go ahead, flip your hair back, put on your favorite LBD (or sweatpants, no judgment), and channel your inner Beyonce. You’ve got a selfie to take, and I’ve got the selfie captions to match.
Why people love birthday captions on Instagram
But first, why are birthday captions a must on Instagram, anyway?
Let’s be real: Your friends and fam want to see you living it up, especially on your big day. A clever birthday caption shares a snippet of b-day revelry with your network, keeping the party going even if your friends aren’t there to celebrate in person.
And hey, b-day captions are also good for you! I mean, you’ve gone through and looked at your old Instagram pics before, right? (Don’t be embarrassed, everybody does it.)
Instead of posting a pic with just a handful of hashtags, you can slap a good caption onto your birthday pic to help you remember it for years to come. When you perfectly capture what it felt like to turn 21, I guarantee future-you will scroll back to relive the good ol’ days.
90 must-read birthday captions for your Instagram pics
Not sure what to say for this year’s b-day selfie? I gotchu. Whether you want something that’s meaningful, funny, sassy, or classic, these 90 birthday selfie captions for Instagram will help you find the perfect caption to capture your birthday spirit.
Meaningful Birthday Captions
We all get a little sappy as we age. If you’ve got all the feels, we’ve got the perfect captions for you.
- Stay young
- You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough
- A birthday is just the first day of another 365-day journey around the sun. Enjoy the trip.
- Age is just a mentality
- Age is just a number
- Surround yourself with people who are more excited for your birthday than you are.
- Birthday wishes and lots of kisses (A great option for posing with your S/O in your birthday post. #couplegoals, right?)
- Making the years count instead of counting the years.
- Count the memories, not the years.
- In youth we learn, in age we understand.
- No matter how hard life gets, I’m getting stronger with time.
- This is the year my dreams will come true.
- Live in the present, because life is a gift.
- Every birthday is an opportunity to start with a clean slate.
- Cheers to another year.
- I can’t wait to blow out my candles!
- Celebrating life.
- A simple occasion, a gathering of family and friends, a day that never ends.
- Another year added to my life experience.
- It’s pointless to spend your life counting the years. Just live it and enjoy every single moment of it.
- Keep all the happy moments and turn them into a fine cushion for old age.
- Today is not the end of another year, but the start of a new one.
- Today is the inauguration ceremony of my new 365-day life adventure.
Funny Birthday Selfie Captions
Getting older requires a good sense of humor, amirite? Here are some of our favorite funny birthday captions.
- Tbh I’m mostly excited to eat cake
- Another year older. Can’t say I’m much wiser.
- Who’s ready to party?
- Of course I’m not going to act my age. I’ve never been this age before!
- It’s my party and I’ll take a selfie if I want to.
- Too young to be this old
- We gonna party like it’s MY birthday!
- Come on Barbie, let’s go party (If you’re a ‘90s baby, then you totally remember this song. And I totally apologize for the fact that it will now be stuck in your head for the rest of the day.)
- You’ll find me in Neverland (For those of you with a bit of a Peter Pan complex.)
- Happy purr-thday! (A must if you take a birthday selfie with your cat)
- [insert age] going on 16 (Whether you’re 30 going on 16, or 21 going on 50, you can do this Instagram caption at any age.)
- What’s getting lit tonight, me or the candles? Time will tell.
- Just here for the cake (and maybe a glass of champagne or two)
- I’m getting older but my inner child is ageless.
- It’s my birthday. Anything goes.
- Word on the street is, it’s somebody’s birthday…
- Shoutout to my mama. Thanks for, ya know, giving me life.
- Another year older, another year wiser? We’ll see about that.
- I didn’t choose this birthday, this birthday chose me. (Any Tupac fans out there?)
- Today is my birthday but I’ll take gifts whenever.
- Well, at least I am not as old as I will be next year!
- Time to drink champagne and dance on the tables.
- Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.
- You know you’re getting old when the candles cost more than the cake.
- Aging like fine wine.
- “Three things happen as we grow older. First, we become forgetful. And the rest, I don’t remember.” – Norman Wisdom
- If I didn’t take a selfie today, then would it really be my birthday?
Sassy Birthday Selfie Captions
Today is YOUR day, why not let everyone know it with a sassy birthday caption?
- Sassy since [insert year of birth] (Or hey, if sassy isn’t exactly your middle name, use whatever adjective works for your personality. “Cute since birth” is a great option if you want to throw it back with a baby pic. A bit of a glow up, if you will.)
- It may be my birthday, but this selfie is a gift for you.
- The day you’ve all been waiting for…
- Today is my favorite holiday: my birthday!
- New year, same me. Because I’m already awesome.
- Cheers to a day as special as me.
- Keep calm and wish me a happy birthday
- Sassy, classy, and a little bit smart-assy.
- Old enough to know better, but young enough to get away with it.
- A birthday can never have too much cake!
- [insert age] years of me. Lucky you.
- Damn, I make [insert age] look good.
- Sassy and fabulous.
- On this day, a legend was born.
- Today, the world received a gift. It’s me and you’re welcome.
- Forget the candles, I want fireworks!
- I don’t usually brag, but when I do, it’s because it’s my birthday.
- I’m still alive, suckers!
- Let’s skip the formalities, okay. It’s my special day and I want gifts.
- To everyone who ever wanted to spank me, now is your chance! It’s my birthday!
- To those who didn’t greet me with “happy birthday” today, you’ll be unfriended tomorrow.
- Year after year, this sexy beast only gets sexier.
Birthday quotes to use as captions for Instagram Selfies
Sometimes other people say it best. Here are some of our favorite birthday quotes that are perfect for the ‘gram.
- “Today’s my birthday. I always make bad decisions on my birthday.” — Doctor Martha Livingston, Agnes of God
- “Birthdays are nature’s way of telling you to eat more cake.” — Jo Brand
- “Today is my birthday and I get one every year.” — No Doubt, "Six Feet Under"
- “Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.” — John Lennon
- “We grow neither better nor worse as we get old, but more like ourselves.” — Bernard Baruch
- “The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” — Oprah Winfrey
- “Growing old is mandatory, but growing up is optional.” — Walt Disney
- “Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.” — Dr. Seuss
- “Live life as if you were to die tomorrow, learn as if you were to live forever.” — Mahatma Gandhi
- “Just remember: once you’re over the hill you begin to pick up speed.” — Charles Schulz
- “A birthday is a reminder to celebrate the life as well as to update the life.” — Amit Kalantri
- “It’s my birthday. I’ma do what I like, I’ma eat what I like, I’ma kiss who I like.” — Anne-Marie, "Birthday"
- “It takes a long time to grow young.” — Pablo Picasso
- “Go shawty, it’s ya birthday.” — 50 Cent, “In Da Club (It’s Your Birthday)”
- “I’m happy to report that my inner child is still ageless.” — James Broughton
- “Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the hell happened.” — Cora Harvey Armstrong
- “The party don’t start till I walk in.” — Kesha, “TiK ToK”
Birthday captions for every age bracket:
- 20th birthday captions: Less than 1 year 'til you turn 21!
- 21st birthday captions: You've finally turned 21! You better nail that caption!
- 22nd birthday captions: You survived your 21st year on Earth, time to celebrate!
- 23rd birthday captions: Turning 23 requires a really good birthday caption, check 'em out here!
- 24th birthday captions: Mark your 24th birthday with a trending IG birthday caption!
- 25th birthday captions: Turning 25 is no small thing, celebrate with a fun birthday caption!
- 30th birthday captions: Turning 30 can be fun; make it more fun with an awesome 30th birthday caption!
- 40th birthday captions: 40 years old! Don't worry, the world isn't ending, and you will get plenty of IG love with an awesome 40th birthday caption.
The bottom line for birthday selfie captions in 2022
Really, you can’t go wrong with your birthday selfie caption. Because, well, it’s your special day, and as any living, breathing human being knows, you can never be wrong on your birthday. It’s just a universal truth.
Use any of these birthday selfie captions to pair with your awesome selfie for more happy birthday wishes.