What do you do when your lovely sister has a birthday? Ply her with cake and booze of course! And if it’s before noon mimosas are totally acceptable. It’s been so dreary here lately. Every time I look outside it seems like all the color has been removed and replaced with shades of gray. So when I decided to do a mimosa bar for my dear sister’s birthday, all I wanted to do was bring some bright lively colors and delicious bubbly drinks into our lives. I went with a citrus color palette with a focus on polka dots, but you can use whatever colors inspire you. Read on for details about my party and get inspiration for your own mimosa bar ideas.
Obviously the most important part. Mimosas are super easy to make. Sparkling wine + juice = mimosa. Yup that’s all folks. You can use expensive champagne, but if you’re making mimosas at home I personally don’t see the point. I have had good champagne and adding juice seems like a sacrilege. So I personally get cheap sparkling wine, but choose higher quality juices since they will be adding most of the flavor to your drinks.
I bought the carafes for the juice from Walmart for less than $5 each. Three is a good number when you’re doing any sort of display; two seems sparse and more than three can seem too busy, although this depends largely on the size of your event. For juice, I served orange, pineapple, and peach mango juice. I made my tags using heavy card stock on my Silhouette Cameo, but you can just write them out by hand or use a printer if you prefer.
For add-ins I used three types of berries: blackberries, strawberries, and raspberries. It’s winter here in Canada and berries are hard to come by so you take what you can get. They add a nice visual addition to the mimosas and they taste delicious after soaking up the booze.
I didn’t add them on my mimosa table, but we also had a cheese plate and crackers and a delicious brunch of crustless quiche and hash browns. It’s good to have at least something for your guests to snack on so their mimosas don’t immediately go to their head. And boozy people are hungry people.
I used wine glasses rather than champagne flutes. I was going to buy a set for this party and was researching brands, but then I read that sommeliers actually discourage using champagne flutes because you aren’t able to properly taste the champagne or sparkling wine. You learn something every day.
If you’re just putting mimosas, juice, glasses and fruit on the table you don’t need a full size dining table for your display. In fact, if you do use a dining table for so few items it can look rather sparse. You can always fill up some space with props such as flowers or fresh fruit in a bowl, but an easier option is to use a smaller table.
I used our keyboard table, which is a bit low but worked well width-wise. You could also use a console table or even the top of a sideboard or china cabinet. Cover your table with a tablecloth that goes with your color scheme. I used white, gold, and silver linens, but a simple white table cloth will do. White works with any theme and if you plan on doing photos it helps with lighting.
I made a mimosa bar sign using beautiful gold, pink, and blush scrapbook paper that was part of a pack I had bought for my daughter’s recent birthday party. I love these packs of paper, they have so many uses and you can keep them for future events. I did the lettering with my Silhouette Cameo. Die cut machines are pretty expensive, but if you plan on doing a lot of parties or paper crafting they are awesome. I used a simple white frame from Ikea that I bought a year ago for my picture gallery which still hasn’t happened. At least its getting some use!
I also used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out my letters for the ‘Pop Fizz Clink’ above the table. The paper was lightweight paper from another scrapbook pack. I used different vibrant warm shades of pink, yellow, and orange. I used the scraps to create the polka dot garland by cutting out circles with a large hole punch. Then using a hot glue gun I glued each circle to a string of baker’s twine. Waste not want not or something like that, right?
The balloon garland added to the whole theme using bright citrus hues with white and clear mixed in. I loved the way this turned out. Balloons work well with a bubbly mimosa theme, and I found all these gorgeous colors at a local balloon design shop.
For serverware I used simple white pieces. I like to add height and depth by using cake plates. This lets your food and drinks be center stage while adding depth, height, and boundaries without being distracting. A few well-chosen white serving pieces will go a long way.
You certainly don’t need any special occasion to host a mimosa bar, but a birthday is a great excuse! My dear sister had a birthday last week and requested a coconut cake with Swiss meringue buttercream frosting. You don’t need sprinkles to make a beautiful birthday cake, toasted coconut will do just fine. And a sparkly cake topper doesn’t hurt either. I’ll be doing a tutorial on how to make this delicious and impressive cake later this week.
A mimosa bar is an easy and fun party idea. You don’t need a lot of special supplies and everyone is dazzled by the sight of bubbly drinks and bright fruit. Get creative with the juices you choose, and be sure to have some sparkling water on hand for those who would like alcohol-free drinks.
I hope you enjoyed my mimosa bar post. If you have any questions or would like to share your own mimosa bar ideas please do so below!