mimosa bar how to (and shopping list)

If you read about the vintage children’s book Sip ‘n See, you might’ve got the “I’m in love with Mimosa Bar” vibe. It’s true. I am.

Among the many, many fabulous Mimosa Bar features, “SO EASY” tops the list! You could add this to any brunch you’re putting together- from a casual get together to a baby shower or Sip ‘n See.

And to make things just a wee bit easier on you, I thought I’d put together a Mimosa Bar How To, complete with every thing you’ll need to make your own Mimosa Bar (even a shopping list).

DIY Mimosa Bar wares-

-one ice bucket (mine is rather large- all five bottles of bubbley fit in there) with ice

-three or four glass dishes for fruit (we used the rectangular ones from Ikea)

-three or four glass juice bottles (again, Ikea)

-juice labels

-glasses (one per guest)

Optional- an ornate frame and a “Mimosas” pennant (I just freehanded mine on coordinating paper)

Optional- other decor (bunting, pom poms, etc.)


DIY Mimosa Bar shopping list


-sparkling cider

-orange juice (you could make homemade, or Simply Orange works great)

-grapefruit juice (same)

-raspberry lemonade concentrate

-two pints strawberries

-1/2 lb. rhubarb

-raspberries, blueberries, blackberries (for mix ins)

-pineapple (for mix ins)


To do the night before-

-Make all juice (strawberry lemonade, strawberry rhubarb juice, etc.- the Strawberry Rhubarb Juice recipe is here- http://sipsetc.blogspot.com/2012/03/mmm-march-mimosa-mondays-strawberry_18.html)

-Pour all juice into glass bottles and keep refrigerated

-Label all juice bottles (we tied these on the night before and kept them on the bottles in the fridge overnight and they were fine- no warping)

-Chill champagne and sparkling cider

-Set out ice bucket (without ice) and glasses

-Hang your “Mimosas” sign, frame, pom poms, bunting and other decor

To do the morning of-

-Fill all the glass dishes with fruit and set out

-Fill the ice bucket with ice

-Set out the juice, champagne, and sparkling cider

Funny story- I kept making myself little tiny ‘mini-mosas’ (just a sip or two in size) so that I could try more of the variations. I loved the Spring Break Mimosa (with berry lemonade) and the Ruby June (with rhubarb strawberry juice)! Even better, the Sparkling Peach made for all sorts of great combinations- I liked it even better than the champagne.

Have you seen this Mimosa Bar craze? Have you tried it out? Do you love brunch like we do? Any thoughts on other juices or mix-in additions to this Bar Of Brunch-y Goodness (seriously- pass those ideas along- I WILL be doing another one of these!)?

ps- All of the Mimosa Bar printable files are available here.


  1. Dayna says

    do you print your labels (cupcake toppers/signs/invitations) yourself? i don’t want to ask you to give away all your secrets (or will i?) but would you please consider doing a how to post on all this stuff?

    p.s. my pinterest board has been updated appropriately. 😉

  2. says

    This is not only brilliant, but SO cute! I love it and can’t wait to try it in the future. I’ve been craving a mimosa lately but haven’t had a good excuse to have one, but now I do :) Thank you!



  3. Rebecca says

    I love this! I haven’t ever seen sparkling peach juice but I will keep a look out – the perfect idea for nursing or pregnant mommas!

    I’d also love one of those Green Works gift cards… with two dogs and an 8-week old, I need all the help I can get when it comes to cleaning! :)

  4. Meredith says

    The mimosa bar is such a cute idea! I might have to have one of these at a party soon.

    For the Green Works gift cards, I would just like to say that I am currently doing a complete rehaul of all of my cleaning supplies. I have extreme chemical allergies that have been getting worse, mostly in relation to cleaning supplies. Finding all natural cleaners for a house can get pretty interesting and the ones out there aren’t the cheapest, especially when you need an all new set of them!

    • Kirstin says

      Meredith, you’re right- green cleaning products aren’t cheap! But totally worth it right (especially if you have chemical allergies- YUCK!).

  5. Leigh Anne says

    I’ve previously tried the Green Works and loved it. Thanks for the recommendation. And the Mimosa Bar looks like such a fun idea!

    • Kirstin says

      Hey Lori, we have a ‘behind the scenes party’ series coming up later this summer. The short answer is Powerpoint. :)
      Also, we’ve had so many requests for these particular labels that they’re in the etsy shop for $5 right now (they’re blank so you can make them to suit your menu)- http://www.kojodesigns.etsy.com.
      Thanks for checking in!

  6. Chantel says

    Love this idea – it’s adorable! Sometimes we put out triple sec and orangina for our mimosas, it makes the original orange/champagne sparkle a little more!

    • Kirstin says

      We had about that many people here as well- I had four bottles of champagne and four ikea bottles of juice (however, not all of it was gone when people left). :) Hope that helps!

  7. mackenzie says

    we’re having a baby shower for my sister and i would love to use the tags you used for your mimosa bar! where did you find that art that is used on the tags?

  8. Diana says

    Hello! I just wanted to say your mimosa bar and shopping list is one of the better ones I have seen on Pinterest. I did have a question and didn’t see it mentioned or while I was scanning your other commenters’ questions.

    Did you leave out toothpicks or spoons for the guests to funnel the fruit into their drink glasses? I didn’t see anything about that mentioned and I don’t think they used their hands.

    Thanks in advance!

  9. Lynn Cotterman says

    Having a bridal shower and setting up a mimosa bar. Where can I get the recipe for the Strawberry Rhubarb juice? Sounds Yummy

    • Kirstin says

      I think we had little nails for hanging a frame already in that wall and just hung the empty frame on those. Hope that helps!

  10. Natai says

    Thank you for the tricks!
    I can’t seem to find your printables on your etsy shop anymore… Any hint for that?

  11. gail correa says

    Can I buy just your picture (png or jpg) of the frame and mimosa sign? I want to use it in an invitation and love the colors and layout!

  12. Emily says

    This is super cute, and I am trying to find the pom poms you used in the pictures, but I can only find basic pom poms. Do you remember where you got them by chance? Thanks!

    • Kirstin says

      Hey Emily- a friend made them for me (didn’t she do a great job?)… Sorry that doesn’t help you find them!


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