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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DIY Mimosa Bar: Where to Begin
Mimosa bars can provide a festive party atmosphere all year long, but the end of summer is an especially great time for some bubbly. (Back to school celebration, perhaps?)
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. A pregnant lady told me to say that…)
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 truly 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)
Just remember that you’re using this sparkling wine for a cocktail, so the fruit juice will mask some of its flavor profile. No need to bust out the good stuff!
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. Not a paid ad…I just love this app!
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. Think less-mosa, not more-mosa.
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 for both indoors and outdoors. It makes for easier cleanup, and who has enough flutes for a large party anyway?!
You can find the same 5.5-ounce disposable champagne flutes for 42 to 126 people here:
*Tip: Though you won’t see wine charms or tags in these photos, they are always a good idea to have on hand for large parties.
Other essential items to include:
- Ice buckets and/or beverage tub (to keep the beverages chilly)
- Serving dishes for fruit garnishes
- Tongs and small spoons
Decorating a Mimosa Bar
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.
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 Cameo, I made a DIY mimosa bar sign using a whimsical font and glitter cardstock.
For those interested in buying your signage, see my favorite deals below.
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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- 1 (750 ml) bottle of sparkling wine (Champagne or Prosecco)
- 2-3 cups fruit juice (see juice suggestions)
- Fruit pieces for garnish (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.
Nutrition Information:Serving Size: 5-6 ounces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 100-120