Fun and Affordable Mimosa Bar Ideas
Mimosa bars are now a key ingredient in any bridal shower, baby shower, or girls’ brunch party. But…do you really need a special occasion to pour some bubbly this summer? Here are a few fun and affordable mimosa bar ideas to get you inspired!
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Mimosa Bar Ideas: Where to Begin
Mimosa bars can provide a festive party atmosphere at any time of year. I especially love hosting one on the patio when the weather cooperates.
Traditionally, mimosas consist of orange juice and champagne. However, many are ditching the classic mimosa and using other fruit juices mixed with prosecco, champagne, or non-alcoholic sparkling wine/cider.
(A non-alcoholic bottle of sparkling wine is a must for baby showers. Then you can brand it a “mom-osa” bar.)
How to Set Up a Mimosa Bar
To set up a mimosa bar, you’ll need to gather a few bartending essentials and have enough bubbly, juice, and stemware for each guest to enjoy 1-3 beverages. To stay organized, you may want to download my free party planning printables.
Choosing a Champagne or Sparkling Wine
Let’s get the technical stuff out of the way first. “Champagne” is only genuinely called by that name if it comes from the Champagne region of France; otherwise, it’s simply called “sparkling wine.” Prosecco is a sparkling wine that comes from Italy, while Cava is a sparkling wine that comes from Spain.
Okay, so which should you choose?
It depends on your budget and taste preferences. Champagne tends to cost more, so I suggest sticking with a good Prosecco if you have a tight budget. Here are a few affordable options under $15-20 that work well if you can find them in your region:
- La Marca Prosecco
- Acinum Prosecco Extra Dry N.V.
- Kirkland Signature Asolo Prosecco (very inexpensive, at Costco)
- Kirkland Signature Champagne Brut (also at Costco)
Remember that you’re using this sparkling wine for a cocktail, so the fruit juice will mask some of its flavor profile. There’s no need to splurge on high-end bottles unless that’s your preference.
If you need help finding a sparkling wine, I highly recommend using the free Vivino app (iPhone or Android). I’ve discovered some of my favorite wines using this tool while shopping.
As for how many bottles of bubbly you’ll need…a good rule of thumb is that each 750 ml bottle should serve 6-8 people (equivalent to about 3-4 ounces per serving).
Deciding on Mimosa Bar Juices
The only limit to your juice offering is your imagination…and space constraints. Having planned an elegant but affordable bridal shower for my niece, I can tell you that most guests will choose orange, peach, or mango juice. It’s easy to go overboard with all of the juice options these days, but I suggest keeping it simple.
For your party, I recommend buying (or making) three of the following options:
- Orange juice (obviously)
- Peach juice (or white peach puree for Bellinis)
- Lavender lemonade
- Pomegranate juice
- Grapefruit juice
- Mango juice
- Strawberry lemonade
- Raspberry lemonade
Including Fruit Garnishes
To add flair to your mimosa bar, you can include a few small fruits to garnish the beverage. Raspberries, strawberries, peaches, blackberries, or blueberries work well for this purpose. Just remember to cut larger pieces of fruit so there’s room for the bubbly!
Lemon wedges and mint leaves also finish off a mimosa with style.
Selecting Stemware and Barware to Buy
For indoor mimosa bars, you can use glass champagne flutes. However, disposable stemware works well both indoors and outdoors. It makes for easier cleanup, and who has enough flutes for a large party anyway?!
These 5.5-ounce disposable champagne flutes are perfect for serving up to 100 people.
Party tip: Add charms!
Wine charms are a great addition when hosting large parties. Not only do they save on waste and prevent mixups, but they also make cute party decor.
Other essential items to include:
- Ice buckets or beverage tub (to keep the juices and bubbly chilled)
- Serving dishes for fruit garnishes
- Tongs and small spoons
Mimosa Bar Decorating Ideas
This is the best part!
For a mimosa bar backdrop, you have the option of decorating with balloons, paper fans, pom poms, or DIY paper flowers. Want to keep it simple? Try using a framed printable sign, chalkboard sign, or banner.
For this mimosa bar, I combined DIY tissue paper pom poms with paper flowers that I designed for my Cricut machine.
I also have a full tutorial on making DIY paper flowers that you can attach to real branches to look like cherry blossom stems.
If you’re strapped for time, you can easily buy mimosa bar decor from a variety of retailers (see the end of this post).
Making (or Buying) a Mimosa Bar Sign
Since I loooove using my Cricut, I made a DIY mimosa bar sign using a whimsical font and glitter cardstock. I have a whole post dedicated to Cricut bridal shower ideas, so be sure to check that out if you’re a Cricut crafter.
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Recipe for a Perfect Mimosa
Now for the fun part. To make your tasty mimosa, follow these simple steps:
- Fill glass with equal parts champagne and fruit juice of your choice.
- Add fresh fruit as desired.
- Garnish with a slice of lemon, lime or other fruit wedges.
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Easy Mimosa Bar Recipe
- 1 750 ml bottle of sparkling wine (Champagne or Prosecco)
- 2-3 cups fruit juice (see juice suggestions)
- ¼ cup Strawberries or other fruit pieces (e.g., raspberries, lemons/limes, mint)
- Fill a champagne flute with half sparkling wine (or less if desired).
- Top with fruit juice of choice.
- Garnish with small pieces of fruit and a slice of lemon/lime on the rim.
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I absolutely adore this, Crissy. The colors are so pretty and what a fun idea. It would be perfect for Mother’s Day. I’d love to share a photo and link to your post in my upcoming week in rewind this Sunday.
Thanks so much, Jen! I’d be honored to be part of your Sunday rewind. Looking forward to seeing it. Thanks for stopping by!
This is so pretty, Crissy! Makes me want to host a party 🙂 Those paper flowers are amazing, looking forward to your tutorial on them!
Thank you so much, Tiffany! I need to get working on that tutorial! I appreciate you stopping by. Your projects are always so beautiful, and I love visiting your site, too. 🙂
I just love how you did the decor in gold and neutrals, my kind of jam! Wow! I love those paper flowers. I have a Silhouette and I used to use it a ton and I need to dust it off. I love that tray with the lemon slices. So pretty!
Thanks, Carrie! I’m glad you liked the decor, and I hope you’ll dust off your Cameo and play with it again this fall. I appreciate you stopping by for a visit! xoxo – Crissy
This is such a fun post! What a great idea to set up a mimosa bar for outdoor entertaining, Your paper flowers look fantastic, and I love that copper ice bucket! You did an excellent job pulling this together – it’s beautiful! You are one of my features this week at Homestyle Gathering. Thanks so much for sharing! I hope your week is off to a good start!
Hi Kim! Thank you SO much! I’m honored to be featured, and I appreciate the kind words. I’ll swing by to take a look later today. I hope you have a wonderful week, too, my friend!
What a gorgeous mimosa bar, right down to the color coordinating juice choices! And those paper flowers are the bomb! I have a Silhouette so I will have to try making a few! So happy to be hopping with you!
Why, thank you, Michelle! I wish I had more reasons to celebrate with a mimosa bar. I had such fun pulling this one together! Happy to be hopping with you, too. Enjoy the last bit of summer!
What a beautifully put together Mimosa bar, Crissy! I love this idea for a bridal shower, birthday celebration, new year’s party, or wedding reception. Wish I would have thought of this for my daughter’s wedding. Thanks for sharing it at the Talk Of The Town party! Pinned to a couple of boards 🙂
Thank you, Marie! It is such a fun addition to any of those celebrations. The colors add a nice pop to the decor, and everyone seems to enjoy creating their own concoctions. I appreciate you sharing it!
What a beautiful feminine idea! I have never seen a mimosa bar before so thank you. I love fruit and wine mixed together but never served this pretty.
Thanks, Leanna! I do enjoy how girly it feels. I actually have mixed and matched the pom poms and paper flowers for different events. I’m glad I hung onto them!
You have created such a beautiful space. Your mimosa bar looks perfect for summer entertaining. Enjoy these last weeks of summer!!!
Thank you, Shannon. I am really trying to soak in these last few days of summer before my boys start Kindergarten! The end of summer is bittersweet this year! I hope you enjoy these dog days of summer, too!
Oh my this post is full of so many great mimosa bar ideas! They are all so beautiful and helpful and I know I always love a good mimosa! Your floral decor added so much fun! Happy Summer friend!
Thank you, Kelly! Aren’t mimosas perfect for summer? I’m glad you liked the floral decor. It’s so fun to put together. If only I had an endless craft supply budget! Have a great rest of your summer too, my friend!
What time shall I come over for a Mimosa? Your entire set-up is perfect for a party! I am looking forward to your Silhouette posts. I have one and have never learned to use it.
What time are you free, Paula? Come on over! Thanks so much for the kind words. I’m hoping to plan the Silhouette post soon. I know so many friends who have one but need some motivation to use it. You’re not alone!
I hate that I’m not using my Silhouette. I hope you do a whole series for someone like me!
Sounds like a plan, Paula! I’ve been wanting to do just that. Stay tuned!
You’ve created such a beautiful scene, Crissy! Love the blush-color theme and all the pretty’s! Pinned!
Thank you, Lora. I’ve really enjoyed seeing all of the different spins on the end of summer. Your croquet wreath was a favorite of mine. I love the way it turned out!
This was an absolutely wonderful post! I loved reading all your tips and tricks for such a lovely mimosa bar. Can’t wait to see the tutorial on the flowers! They are gorgeous!
Thank you, my dear. I’ll have to figure out when I get to writing that paper flower tutorial! It’s been a year in the works. Ha! You know how it goes, though.
We are hosting a dinner party for 16 next week and I have just the spot to set up a drink station like yours.
Thanks for the inspiration.
Cheers to that, Carol! The mimosa station always seems to be a hit at parties. Enjoy your dinner party!
I am so happy you shared your Mimosa bar ideas. I am hosting a bridal brunch and this would work perfectly. I am pinning this to remember how you have it set up. Thanks again.
Oh, I’m so happy you found it useful, Terrie. The mimosa bar was a hit when I hosted my niece’s bridal shower last year. Everyone really enjoys choosing their own combination of flavors. I hope you have a great bridal brunch. Can’t wait to see the pictures!
Oh my goodness this is an absolutely fabulous party idea and so beautiful! You have such a knack for setting up these fabulous outdoor parties! Your tissue paper pom-poms and flowers are amazing. The photography is just stunning and everything looks just perfect for any kind of summer celebration!
Thank you so much for joining the hop. I hope you enjoy the rest of summer!
Amber, thank YOU for coordinating this fun celebration of summer! I’m glad you like the mimosa station. I had a lot of fun putting it together. I had to resist a lot of temptation not to consume the photo props.
I hope you have a fabulous summer and start of fall. It’s hard to believe we’re in the final weeks!
Crissy, this idea is so perfect for a shower. I love your gorgeous set up and the idea of using different types of juices. They all sound so delicious! I want to have a party just so I can serve mimosas! Pinning!
Thanks, my friend! I feel the same! Give me a reason to throw a party, and I’ll bring the mimosa station. Thanks for pinning!
It’s been forever since I went to a shower, and this is so fun and adorable! I love the idea of non-alcoholic and low-sugar options for those of us that have to watch those concerns. Great tips for such a pretty beverage bar!
Thank you, Debra! It’s funny…I go through long periods of time without any showers, and then they all hit at once. This is always a good option for graduations, birthdays or New Year’s Eve. Enjoy!
The PERFECT party idea – and so appealing (both look and taste!) I’ll definitely be using this soon!
Aww, thanks Janet. I love hosting a pretty party, especially when there’s a guest of honor. I can’t wait to see how your party turns out!
Wowza – Party at your house! It’s beautiful and delectable and lovely and girly and fantastic! So fun. Love your ideas. Pinned!
Hee hee! Come on over, Cindy! You’re not thaaaat far away! Thanks for your sweet words, and thank you for pinning. I enjoyed reading your post, too. Love your sense of humor.
A mimosa bar set outdoors like yours is a perfect way to celebrate summer! A mimosa is also a great light and refreshing summer drink, let alone that it is so pretty and pastel! Cheers!
Thank you so much, Chloe! I agree that it’s the perfect summer cocktail (or mocktail). In this Texas heat, we need something cool and refreshing for the outdoors. Thanks for stopping by! I’m glad to be hopping with you.
Crissy what a beautiful and inspiring blog. Your mimosa bar is so gorgeous¡! You can almost taste the great variety of flavors . I plan to buy the unique bottles to dispense the juices. Thanks for the great information resources you provide. I can’t wait to host a mimosa party!
Thanks, NC! You are so kind. I’m glad you liked the juice bottles. I really like the fact that they have a stopper-like plug. They remind me of something you might find in Italy. Enjoy hosting your own mimosa party!
Crissy, this is such a fun and creative idea! There are so many different ways you can celebrate with a mimosa bar. I can’t wait to read your tutorial on the flowers They are beautiful! It looks like you guys had a great time. One of my cousins just got engaged and she would love this. Totally pinning for later! Hugs and happy summer, CoCo
Thank you, CoCo! Some of the flowers were leftovers from a bridal shower that I planned for my niece last year. I wrote a post with some tips if you’re interested: https://www.firstdayofhome.com/elegant-and-affordable-ideas-for-diy-bridal-shower-decor/. I’m so glad to have met you through Tuesday Turn About. Your decor is always soooo lovely. Hugs back, Crissy
Adorable. What a fun idea. I love the flowers on the wall.
Thanks, Katie. There are so many options for paper flowers these days. It’s fun experimenting. Have a great end of summer!
What a great summer entertaining idea. Love how you’ve set up your bar. I need to create something similar for our next party.
Thank you, Marty. It’s always a huge hit, so I hope you’ll try it. I like the fact it doesn’t take up too much room either. Enjoy the rest of your summer! -Crissy
Hi Crissy, This is such a fun yet elegant idea, and I love all of your pretty pink details! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction
Hi Cecilia! Thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind words. It’s fun to have some girly decor now and then, right? I don’t get that opportunity much with a house full of boys. Blessings to you, too! -Crissy
These instructions are really easy to follow and answer a lot of questions I had about making mimosas.
What a gorgeous mimosa bar! This is definitively my kind of post…I love mimosas! I also love how you gave the different options to be a little more creative than just going the traditional route. I am definitely trying some of these combinations. Great hopping with you today!
Thanks so much, Shelley! I’m a big mimosa fan, too. My favorite is the peach mimosa (or Bellini), but it’s fun to try different flavor combos. I hope you’re having a great summer. I’m so glad to be hopping with you today, too! Thanks, Crissy