If you’re like me, you love entertaining and having guests over.
You don’t mind the planning, in fact, you love it!
The only issue that typically arises when you’re the designated “event planner” in your family is that at times, plans tend to be last minute so you’re left scrambling.
I’d like to consider myself a bit of a perfectionist.
I need to have everything looking impeccable, whether the event is big like a gathering of 20+ or small like a simple yet intimate gathering of friends.
At this point, I’ve mastered the last minute planning and tackle it with a smile and without breaking a sweat or better yet my budget!
The key is always having the essentials mapped out and everything else (all the details) will fall into place with ease (and most often the fun part for me!).
One of the must-haves I like to have for gatherings are drinks (with non-alcoholic options as well!).
It’s a great way to break the ice and put your guests at ease.
Who doesn’t love happy hour?
One of my favourites is my DIY Mini Mimosa Bar.
Is there anything better than the simplicity of a mimosa? The champagne or sparking wine cocktail mixed with orange juice is a refreshing accompaniment to a weekend brunch.
I generally host smaller gatherings, so the mini mimosa bar is small-scale yet impressive.
It’s always a big hit!
Plus you don’t need much to create your very own Mini Mimosa Bar! Most items you would most likely have in your home, and if not, it’s very inexpensive to buy them.
What do I need?
CAC Mini Mimosa Bar Checklist:
♥ Orange Juice (plus your choice of more juices – I prefer the Simply Orange® variety including Simply Lemonade®).
One of my favourites is the recently launched new Simply Orange® with Coconut Water. This premium beverage offers the same great orange juice taste with 80 calories (25% less calories than the leading OJ), thanks to the addition of coconut water. Love that!
♥ Champage or Dry Sparkling Wine
For the best results, I much prefer a dry sparkling wine to champagne like Prosecco or Cava.
If you fancy champagne, a true Champagne – preferably Brut, is a great choice.
When making a mimosa, you want to use a sparkling wine that is dry and with strong effervescence to balance the sweetness and the lack of carbonation in the orange juice.
This will yield a perfectly balanced mimosa that’s softly sparkling and not overly sweet.
For a non-alcoholic mimosa, mix 1/4 teaspoon Grenadine Syrup with 1 can (12 oz) Ginger Ale (chilled) with equal parts of OJ.
♥ Fresh fruits of your choice
I always have to have strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, kiwi + mint!
The sky’s the limit!
♥ Small bowls for Fruits
♥ Carafes for Juices
♥ Champagne Flutes
Can I use another glass for my mimosa?
Because Champagne and sparkling wines are served chilled, it’s very easy for the heat of your hands to warm them prematurely.
Champagne flutes with long stems allow your beverage to stay cool longer because your hand makes contact with the stem of the glass; it does not cup the wine itself.
Furthermore, the bowl of the glass is specifically crafted to maximize your beverage’s bubbles; the opening is narrow, meaning the surface area is reduced, which makes the bubbles last longer.
I like to wet the rims with water and then in a slow circular motion, dip into coloured sugar for presentation and an added sweetness.
♥ Fresh Flowers (or artificial flowers that look real!)
Flowers are an instant POP of colour and allure.
I always feel there’s something missing on a table when there aren’t any flowers.
♥ A Pretty Picture Frame
Create your own printable or grab this free one here and print out to frame.
OR alternatively (or if your printer is out of ink…), you can even just write your own instructions and frame it.
♥ Juice Tags
Print out your own circular (or oval-shaped) tags on paper of choice, either blank so you can hand-write your own wording, or pre-labeled.
Cut ’em, punch a hole on top, and using whatever string you like, tie around the juice carafes.
Again, you can be super swamped for time and products hence using short-cuts with whatever you have on hand, but it will not change the added lovely details this adds.
I always use this when serving drinks in case I need to transport them anywhere.
Plus it’s an added decorative touch!
I added details like table linens, straws, picks, or the super functional and appealing framed blackboard that I use quite often for event food/drink tablescapes. It’s all up to you!
Have fun with it — the little details can make such a huge difference.
When you’re done, pour yourself a mimosa and enjoy. Cheers!
A little Mimosa History
There are two stories about the origin of the mimosa. One states that the adult beverage was invented at the Ritz Hotel in Paris in 1925. It’s widely believed, though, that a French bartender stole the idea from a London tavern that calls their almost identical concoction “Buck’s Fizz” around the same time.
If you ever find yourself brunching in the United Kingdom, you’ll want to order a Buck’s Fizz.
I much prefer the name ‘mimosa’, don’t you?
As far as that name that just rolls off the tongue, the mimosa is named after the mimosa flower, a bright orange/yellow blossom native to southern Mexico and Central and South America. Now you know!