Before I dive in, I’ve gotta let y’all in on a little secret: the best mimosas are made with Prosecco! And here’s why: Prosecco is made using something known as the “charmat” method, which makes it more bubbly than champagne, so it’s ideal for mimosas. And the best part is, it’s cheaper (and tastes better, in my opinion, lol). Now on to the tutorial!
Fun fact about me: I love brunch and mimosas! But, every time we go to brunch and indulge in mimosas, I remind myself that it’s fun (and cheaper) to just make them at home. So I set out to create a mimosa bar that works well if you’re making brunch at home for you and your significant other or if you’re hosting friends for brunch and want to get a little creative. Either way, I’m all for saving money and bringing the party inside so here’s my mimosa bar tutorial!
- Champagne flutes
- Pitchers or Carafes (quantity is based on the number of guests)
- Small serving dishes
- Raspberry Lemonade
- Orange Juice
- Blueberry Lemonade
- Pastries (optional)
- Fresh flowers (optional)
The first thing I did before setting everything up was hit the grocery store for juice. I love, love Raspberry Lemonade so that had to be added to the list then I picked up OJ for traditional mimosas and went with Blueberry Lemonade for my third drink. Once I decided on those three, I found fruit that complemented them. For OJ, I picked orange slices, for the Raspberry Lemonade I picked raspberries and for Blueberry Lemonade I picked blueberries, but you can mix and match however you wish. I also grabbed some mini muffins and cinnamon rolls as my pastries–then it was time to go home and set up.
Whenever I Google a mimosa bar, I see a lot of people using carafes and pitchers. Since space is limited on my bar cart, I opted for these inexpensive carafes I found at Target. If you prefer to use pitchers, here are nice ones you can buy at Target, too. The thing I like about both options is they’re perfect for a mimosa bar or just hosting in general (being able to reuse them often was key for me when buying these).
After I poured the juices in the carafes, I set the fruit in dipping bowls, another Target find, which worked out perfectly. You can also try stores like HomeGoods and Bed, Bath & Beyond for similar dishes–add a little spoon to each so it’s easy for guests to top their drinks with the fruit. Finally, it was time for the pastries! I used a cake stand I already had at home to hold them but Target has this simple cake stand for less than $20!
If you want to dress it up, add some fresh flowers to your bar cart or countertop, pull out the champagne flutes and enjoy!