I found myself trying to write the phrase: "And it appears that birthday _____s are in order" in which the blank was supposed to be a word meaning "wishes of happiness" or "wishes of good fortune" or something along those lines, but despite wasting the last 15 minutes wracking my brain and online thesaurus' I have been unable to come up with an appropriate word. It is irritating me now so I turn to you fine members of the linguistics board. The best I have come up with is "blessings", but that doesn't feel right. I was thinking of something more like "commiserations", except that that obviously conveys the wrong emotion. It is supposed to be the equivalent of saying that it appears that I should say "happy birthday". Ideas?