HOW TO MAKE A MIMOSA BAR AT HOME (DIY)
Cheers, let’s raise a glass to spring -- and all the spring brunches that are right around the corner! Whether you’re hosting a baby shower, bridal shower, holiday brunch, or just the first warm-weather get-together of the season, a mimosa bar makes beverage service a breeze. It’s also a ton of fun for your guests.
Just think, as the host with the most, you get to create a fully interactive beverage bar so your guests can go crazy and create their own custom mimosas with all their favorite flavors. You don’t have to play bartender all day or worry if someone’s glass hasn’t been refilled. And they get exactly what they want, when they want it. Win-win!
Ready to set up your DIY mimosa bar? Let’s get started!
How to Make a Mimosa Bar
What do you need for a mimosa bar? When you’re building your DIY mimosa bar, you’ll need a place to set out plenty of sparkling wine, juices, garnishes, and beautiful spring decor. Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
- Bar cart or buffet. A bar cart or buffet are the perfect place to set up your mimosa bar. It’s best if it’s in your primary gathering space so it is accessible for your guests, and you can keep an eye on it if anything is running low.
- Sparkling wine. You can splurge on real champagne -- as in the kind that’s made from grapes grown in the Champagne region of France -- but you really don’t need to.
So, what is the best champagne for mimosas? Turns out, it’s not champagne at all. When you’re looking for a good quality sparkling wine for your mimosas, turn to Cava from Spain or Prosecco from Italy. They’re both dry, so not too sweet, and taste delicious mixed with fruit juices. Consider offering a non-alcoholic sparkling juice, as well.
When trying to figure out how many bottles to buy, each bottle of bubbly can make around 6-8 mimosas. And plan for about 2-3 mimosas per person.
- Wine chiller. Keep an ample supply of bubbly chilled all through your spring brunch in an ice bucket or wine trough that’s filled with ice. This way, you can offer a selection of different bottles for your guests to choose from and you don’t have to keep replenishing your supply.
- Fruit juice. Of course, you’re going to want to have plenty of OJ on hand. Probably 2-3 times more than any other kind of juice. Set out pitchers of a few other fruit juice options so your guests can create their own signature mimosas and try new flavor combos they’ve never had before.
Besides OJ, what kind of juice goes in mimosas? Here are some other mimosa bar juice ideas that taste delicious mixed with sparkling wine:
- Cranberry juice
- Grapefruit juice
- Peach nectar
- Pomegranate juice
- Pineapple juice
- Strawberry puree
- Mango juice
- Bowls of fresh fruit. Embellishing your mimosas with fresh fruit gives your drink a burst of juicy flavor and color. Offer a selection of:
- Fresh peaches
- Orange slices
- Pineapple chunks
- Pomegranate seeds
- Sprigs of fresh herbs. As if sparkling wine with fresh juices and succulent fruits isn’t springy enough. A sprig of fresh herbs tucked into a mimosa takes it to a whole new level that tastes like it came right out of your garden. Here are a few to try:
- Stemware. When it comes to choosing your stemware, a classic champagne flute is always a good idea for your mimosa bar -- you know, the ones you used on New Year’s Eve. Stemless wine glasses are a great casual option for entertaining because they’re easier to hold and set down. If you’re hosting an outdoor spring brunch, shatter-proof stemware has the look of glass or crystal, but without the worry of breakage.
- Labels. To let your guests in on what they’re drinking, label your juices, fruits, and herbs. You can use hang-tags for pitchers and carafes, smudge-proof, washable markers for pitchers, plates, bowls, and glassware, or make cards to set in front of your mimosa bar makings.
Style Your Mimosa Bar With Pops of Spring
Looking for decor ideas for your mimosa bar? Fresh linens, blooming florals, soft lighting, and fresh scents are always in season.
Elevated elegance. Add dimension, organization, and height to your display with decorative serveware like wooden cutting boards, trays, and tiered servers.
Layered linens. Whether you’re using a bar cart, buffet, or your countertop, you can totally transform your look with layers of table linens.
Begin by draping your entire surface with a colorful or patterned tablecloth. Not only will this add your first pop of color, but it will also protect your surface from fruit stains and spills.
Next, add a complementary color and texture with a runner. Look for details like fringe, beading, tassels, or an organic texture like burlap to add interest to your look. Be sure to stock up on cocktail napkins that go with your tablecloth and runner.
Floral focal point. Create your own centerpiece with a statement vase and an array of floral stems and sprays. An abundance of cheery cherry blossoms and peonies will brighten up your beverage bar. Or go for an organic look with an arrangement of earthy eucalyptus stems.
Chalk art. Set a farmhouse chalkboard sign on your bar so your guests can easily spot it from across a crowded room. Write up drink recipe ideas, ingredient lists, or a warm welcome to your spring brunch. You can even set out a few blank chalkboards for your guests to write down their winning mimosa creations!
Twinkling lights. Surround your mimosa bar with an aura of elegance with delicate fairy lights and decorative lanterns filled with flickering LED candles.
Seasonal scents. Enhance the ambiance of your spring brunch with fruity and floral fragrances like Wild Dahlia or Pink Champagne. Bright and fresh room sprays and reed diffusers provide a refreshing scent your guests will notice from the moment they arrive.
Looking for the Best Brunch Mimosa Recipes?
Even though your guests will have fun creating their signature cocktails, give them some suggestions to get them started. Write these recipes on a chalkboard or print them on recipe cards.
Cherry Bomb Mimosas
For a tropical twist on a classic favorite, a Cherry Bomb Mimosa blends pineapple juice and maraschino juice to create a drink that’s as pretty as it is delicious. Get the recipe at delish.com.
On a bright and sunny day, a refreshing watermelon drink will hit the spot. So go ahead and whip up a watermelon mimosa with pureed watermelon, a dash of sweetener, and a sprig of mint. Get the recipe at eisforeat.com.
Strawberry Cream Mimosa
Strawberries and cream in a mimosa? Yes, please. It’s everything you think it is, fruity and creamy, and bubbly. In essence, the perfect brunch beverage. Get the recipe at swankyrecipes.com.
Ready to Make Your Own Mimosa Bar?
If you’re looking for even more mimosa bar ideas, you can find everything you need for your spring brunch soiree at Pier1. You can stock up on stemware, pitchers, and bar accessories to fill your home bar with all the essentials. Then shop for fresh floral accents, fragrances, lighting, and tabletop decor to bring your DIY mimosa bar to life.