When it comes to bridal showers, bubbly is often the beverage of choice. And while you could keep things simple with a few bottles of the good stuff, it’s much more fun to invite shower guests to create their own custom mimosas at a DIY Mimosa Bar. Keep reading to find out everything you need to pull together the perfect setup.
Think Beyond Pink
As one of the focal points of the shower, your Bubbly Bar should definitely stay within the confines of your event’s color palette—or maybe even help define it! While pink is perfect for a girly event like a bridal shower, it’s also predictable, so I chose to work with a slightly unexpected color combo: Gold and navy. Choose two or three of your own favorite shades to work with in order to give the setup a cohesive look.
Choose Your Mixers
The classic mimosa blends equal parts champagne and orange juice, but there are so many possibilities for mixing it up! We love the addition of pomegranate, grapefruit, blueberry, watermelon, and peach juices, just to name a few. For an added kick, you could even give guests the option of adding a splash of gin or St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur. And while we’re on the topic of the liquids themselves, don’t just limit yourself to champagne. Sparkling wines like Cava and Prosecco will get the job done just as well.
Berries and Beyond
Once your guests have mixed their ideal blend of liquids, make sure they have plenty of options for topping off their custom mimosas in style. Berries, herbs, and even candy can be cute and tasty garnishes for their creations. A few ideas:
• Grapefruit juice + basil leaves
• Peach nectar + frozen blueberries
• Pomegranate juice + seeds
• Orange juice + mint leaves
• Guava nectar + cherry rock candy
Pull It Together
You don’t want to simply plop your plastic juice bottles and containers of berries all over the table, do you? It’s all about the presentation! You can create a sweet little setup in four easy steps.
• Start by decanting your juices into matching clear bottles or small pitchers. I created hangtags to label each type of juice, but you could work with printable labels as well.
• Arrange your garnishes into small bowls and place them in front of the bottles. Be sure to provide a way for guests to actually get the garnishes into their drinks! Labels here are optional—most people know what a blueberry is.
• As for the bubbly itself, make sure the bottles are ice-cold by either keeping them in an ice-filled bucket or storing extras in a nearby refrigerator—just keep a close eye on the table and quickly replace tapped-out bottles with fresh, opened ones!
• Pull the look together with details like a color-coordinated tablecloth, bunting, striped straws and trays.
As your guests arrive, encourage them to grab a glass and pour their own customized mimosa. Before you know it, you’ll be hearing bottles pop and watching guests sharing sips of their beautiful bubbly creations!
What’s in your ideal mimosa? I’d love to hear your ideas!
Photograhpy: Stephanie Breijo
About the Author
Erica Jackson Curran is a bubbly aficionado and wedding writer who has contributed to Charleston Weddings, Destination I Do, and Smitten Magazine. When she’s not experimenting with new cocktail recipes, she blogs about weddings for Shutterfly, where you can find a wide range of bridal shower invitations to suit any style.