Summer is finally here, and let me tell you, we are ready. We've been packing our calendars full with plans for outdoor movies and concerts, lazy days at the beach, and lots of dining al fresco. If you ask us, fresh-air dining need not be limited to barbecue lunches and dinners, either - you may not be surprised to learn that we’re big proponents of taking brunch outside, too. In fact, it’s hard to imagine anything more lovely than spending a warm summer morning in the backyard, sipping mimosas with friends... except, perhaps, if there was an entire mimosa bar, full of bright, fresh juices, crisp Prosecco, and plenty of colorful, in-season fruit. I ask you (as rhetorically as Ina Garten might), is there anything more delightfully summery than that?
For our recent Mimosa Bar party, we knew we wanted to mix things up and offer a fun twist on the traditional mimosa (plain old orange juice and Champagne is just so expected, isn’t it?). To start, we turned to Mionetto’s Prosecco as the base for our bubbly bar (or should we say... #MioMosa bar? FYI, Mio in Italian means “My,” and that’s what MioMosa is all about – My Mionetto Miomosa is a personalized creation made entirely your way). And yes, we love the crisp, dry bubbly on its own, but it’s truly special when paired with a splash of fresh, tangy fruit juice and some colorful fruit garnish. And while we couldn’t in good conscience skip the old-standby OJ entirely, we knew we wanted to offer a variety of juices for our guests to choose from when concocting their cocktails - so we created a rainbow of juice around the orange with carafes of cranberry, grapefruit, and mango-orange juices. To round out the offerings, we stocked our little bar with a full spectrum of berries and citrus fruits. The cocktail-crafting possibilities were endless!
And because no responsible brunch host would serve only Mimosas, we made sure to stock our bar with some snacks and treats as well, sticking steadfastly to our rainbow theme. We plucked pretty little macarons from a local bakery, set out some delicious and not-too-sweet raspberry rugelach, and piled cake stands high with donuts from our favorite neighborhood shop (Donut Hut in Burbank, if you were curious). Did we have a sugar high afterward? Yes we did. Did we care? Decidedly not.
Are you hoping to throw a MioMosa party of your own this summer? Here's a bit of our best advice for building your very own beautiful (and delicious) Mimosa bar:
1. Start with the good stuff. Find a bubbly wine that you’d enjoy just as much when sipped on its own, and that’s not so sweet that it couldn’t stand up to a little added juice. For us, that was Mionetto Prosecco - Johnna’s favorite is the Rosé Extra Dry, while Veronica prefers the DOC Treviso Brut. Find your favorite and introduce it to your friends!
2. Get creative with mixers. Whether you take inspiration from classic cocktail combinations (cranberry + lime, anyone?), seasonal fruits and veggies, or a juice from your favorite juice bar, remember to think outside the classic mimosa! There’s a whole world of flavor combinations to choose from, and your guests will appreciate an opportunity to show their creativity.
3. Pick a color theme. Any party table will look best when a color theme is kept in mind, especially if you can carry that theme all the way through the food and drink you serve! We knew our Prosecco bottles would be orange and pink, so we chose a rainbow theme that emphasized yellow, orange, and pink.
4. Add some pretty details. Finally, for those who are crafting-inclined, consider tying your party spread together with a few charming, handmade touches. For this party, Johnna lent her calligraphy skills to create a gorgeous chalkboard sign, while Veronica got crafty with some colorful floral arrangements. And to help guests tell whose glass was whose, we made some quick little tassel charms in our color scheme and attached them to the champagne flutes. For us, these little projects were just the right level of Martha-ness - try spending a few minutes on Pinterest to find the perfect project for you!
This post was graciously sponsored by Mionetto USA. As always, all opinions are our own!