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How to Create a Vintage Inspired Mimosa Bar – Valentine’s Day Edition

Valentine’s Day was around the corner, so I was inspired to do something truly romantic and unique. I’ve set up numerous sweet tables, prepared charcuterie boards, and dessert platters, but never a mimosa bar! After all, champagne is considered the epitome of romance. At the same time, mimosa bars are popular among friends. We see cute little mimosa bars set up at bridal and baby showers, brunches, lady’s nights, Galentine’s Day parties, spa days, and other events. Nothing celebrates more than champagne!

A few days prior to Valentine’s Day, we were having friends over for a book club meeting, and I thought why not do something to make their hearts skip a beat! Something Valentine’s Day related! I decided to take on the challenge of creating a mimosa bar. And not just a standard mimosa bar, a vintage inspired one for that old time feel. I am a huge collector of vintage sterling and silver-plated items, so when the occasion arises, I like to show off my collection.

The mimosa bar turned out to be magnificent! My friends and family loved it! We had such a great time coming up with different fruit and juice combinations. The Valentine’s Day sweets were a great compliment to the delicious juices and champagne.

Below are the steps to create a masterpiece like this:

*Collect Supplies: Gather various vessels, containers and utensils appropriate for a mimosa bar. Think champagne, juices, fruit and some sweets. Based on that you will need something to store the champagne in. It can be an actual champagne bucket, an ice bucket, a punch bowl, or even a large bowl. There are numerous items you can use. As long as you have a place to keep the bottle on ice. The other vessels include drink dispensers, carafes, jugs, pitchers and clarets for the juices served with the champagne. For the uber cute mimosas, champagne flutes, wine glasses, bar glassware, or even plastic cups are must! I used paper straws and disposable champagne flutes because I had little kids participating in the fun.

Ensure you have various platters, small dishes, bowls, or plates to serve the sweets and fruits that will accompany the mimosas. Don’t forget about the utensils, this includes tongs, little forks or spoons, scoops, large toothpicks, cocktail picks and straws.

For the Valentine’s Day mimosa bar, I used my vintage champagne bucket, clarets and several other silver pieces from my own personal collection. I purchased all these treasures from estate sales over the years. I did not spend a lot of money on these items, although they really look grand.

The vintage items I used really make the mimosa bar look upscale. Like something you’d see at the Ritz-Carlton, but this really is the look for less. If you want to replicate this style, check out estate sales, garage sales, thrift stores, and even online (Etsy or Ebay) for items like this. Check out my other post about How to Create a Vintage Style Sweet Table for further tips.

The below Ebay links direct you to similar items you see on the mimosa bar:

*Shopping List – Beverages, Fruits and Sweets: Champagne is a given for a mimosa bar, but you’ll need some juices to go along with it. Orange, peach, strawberry, mango, watermelon, pineapple are pretty common juices for mimosa bars, but the possibilities are endless here. You are the mixologist, go where your heart takes you! For the little ones, I used sparkling juice in place of the champagne.

Fruit ideas to add to your mimosa bar are strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, oranges and lemons. Like the fruit juices, the sky is the limit here. I used watermelon, peach and white cranberry strawberry juice for my mimosas with raspberries and strawberries as the garnish. The peach juice was a big win at our house!

To make my mimosa bar Valentine’s Day related, I served heart shaped candy and marshmallows. The French macarons were displayed to add to the elegance factor! Guests enjoyed creating their mimosas and snacking on some sweet treats.

Below is a helpful shopping list to assist you with your Valentine’s Day mimosa bar:

  • Brach’s Mellowcreme Roses – https://amzn.to/3xq0LvT
  • Jet-Puffed HeartMallows – https://amzn.to/4cJnYZY
  • Brach’s Tiny Conversation Hearts – https://amzn.to/3TVpTSO
  • Brach’s Jube Jel Cherry Hearts https://amzn.to/3TPnPvd
  • Dove Promises Valentine Milk Chocolate Candy Hearts – https://amzn.to/3J8nXRS
  • Raspberries – Local grocery store
  • Strawberries – Local grocery store
  • Favorite Day Macarons – Target
  • Simply Peach Juice Drink – Local grocery store
  • Simply Watermelon Juice Drink – Local grocery store
  • Ocean Spray White Cran-Strawberry – Local grocery store
  • Martinelli’s Sparkling Cider – Local grocery store
  • Korbel Brut Champagne – Local grocery store
  • Floral napkins – https://ebay.us/a63Map

*Garnishes: To really bring on the bubbly here be sure to add some garnishes to your mimosa bar. I used fresh flowers to do this. To make things look fancy, I placed pink and white carnations in two trumpet vases. The vases were also estate sale finds! I also distributed various flower stems all over the mimosa bar to add texture and make it look really feminine. I used real flowers, but to cut down on the cost, you could use fake flowers and greenery. You could also enhance your mimosa bar with other decorative items, like a banner or mimosa bar sign, little tags for the juices, plants, pearls, sculptures, figurines, pictures, etc. You are the designer here! Don’t think, just do!


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