Learn how to set up a DIY mimosa bar in any corner of your home! These mimosa bar ideas will add sophisticated charm to all of your spring and summer entertaining.
A mimosa is the ultimate celebratory cocktail for bridal showers, Mother’s Day, and weekend brunches with friends. They are simple to make, and yet feel incredibly special with a few little elegant touches.
Learn how to create this fun and festive mimosa bar with these easy tips, tricks and complete recipe guide!
I’m a big fan of fresh, homemade cocktails, but I also love setting up a bar where guests can keep the drinks flowing on their own. It keeps entertaining easy for both the guests and the hostess.
When you set this up, your guests won’t wait around with a dry glass, wondering how to mix a cocktail. Plus, you’ll get to relax and enjoy your company. It’s a win for all, especially when mimosas are the star of the show.
I love sharing my favorite party ideas with you. Let’s dive into setting up this simple mimosa bar for some cute summer entertaining inspiration!
Why You’ll Love a Mimosa Bar
- Guests Serve Themselves
- Experiment with New Flavors
- Customize to Your Tastes
- Simple but Elegant
How to Set Up a Mimosa Bar
Here’s what you’ll need to create a fabulous display!
- Champagne glasses – for serving these delicious cocktails!
- Fresh fruit juice – Squeeze your own if you’d like, or of course feel free to buy pre-made juices. Serve in juice carafes for a pretty touch. This Grapefruit Mimosa is just one example of many!
- Champagne – Of course, it’s the star of the show. See below for the best champagne options for your mimosa bar!
- Orange Liqueur – Optional, but try a splash of Cointreau or Triple Sec, or even bitters. We even added lemon and orange bitters to our mimosa bar for extra fun and flavorful additions.
- Garnish – Think fresh fruit, fresh flowers, or even herbs. Strawberries, cherries, raspberries, and blueberries are great options. You could also garnish with basil, rosemary or thyme.
- Chill your Champagne or Prosecco for best presentation and flavor.
- Use ice if you’d like, but mimosas are best served chilled and without ice to water them down.
- Use your favorite Champagne flutes, stemless or with an elegant stem. We love these!
- We used these pretty jars with gold spouts for the bitters and these gorgeous carafes for the juice.
Scaling up, down or substituting? You’ll love this printable Measurement Conversion Chart!
Frequently Asked Questions
Create a display of champagne flutes, champagne or prosecco, fresh squeezed juices, and fresh fruits and herbs for garnish. Add equal parts juice and champagne to flute, and top with an optional splash of bitters or Cointreau with your garnish if desired.
Orange juice is of course the classic option. Consider more of the following purée and juice options for an incredible flavor selection: peach, mango, strawberry, blackberry, watermelon, pineapple and even pomegranate.
If you’re serving a crowd, give guests a variety. Many experts would agree that best Champagne for mimosas isn’t Champagne at all – try a Prosecco instead.
Another great option to try is Cava, which is a dry Spanish sparkling wine.
When we set up our Mimosa bar, we used a bottle of La Marca Prosecco, a Chandon Brut, and a Gruet Brut Sparkling Rosé for delicious variety and color.
- Squeeze fresh juices 24 hours prior to serving.
- Slice and prep fresh fruit for garnish up to 24 hours in advance.
How to Decorate a Mimosa Bar
- It’s always a great idea to give guests a little recipe guidance. Use a chalkboard or this FREE printable Mimosa bar sign to suggest recipe combinations and directions as they create their masterpieces.
- The cocktails themselves are the star of this show, so you won’t need much decor.
- Use any corner of your kitchen, or create a hidden bar in a cabinet. Learn more about gold bar carts here!
- Personally, I like to invest in things that have a second use if I’m going to buy anything new for decorating a party. Consider charming towels or placemats that will work in your decor elsewhere.
- Trays are an easy way to dress up any drink station, and it makes it easier to gather ingredients. Consider labeling ingredients as well, to help guests know what they’re adding to their concoctions.
- Of course, a gorgeous floral arrangement is the easiest way to add a festive touch to any bar area for a party! Check out this arrangement of ranunculus, a hydrangea centerpiece, or learn how to arrange tulips.
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- 3 ounces Prosecco (Or your favorite Champagne or sparkling wine)
- 3 ounces Juice (Orange juice or any options listed in notes)
- ½ ounce Cointreau (Sub with Triple Sec or Bitters)
- 1 ounce Berries, herbs or other fruits for garnish
- Prep fresh juices and chill Champagne up to 24 hours ahead.
- Add stemware, Champagne and juices to your mimosa bar just before serving.
- Gather a variety of fresh herbs and fruits for garnish.
- To create a mimosa, simply fill each champagne flute with 2-3 ounces fruit juice, and top off with Champagne. Add a splash of orange liqueur or bitters if you'd like.
- Garnish and celebrate! Cheers!
- Choose your favorite Champagne. Dry Prosecco and Cava bottles are also excellent options. Always chill prior to serving.
- Fruit juices and purées can go well beyond orange juice – try strawberry, watermelon, peach, pomegranate, cranberry, and so many others!
- Garnish with gorgeous fresh herbs and a variety of fruits and berries.
Estimated nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed.