| Blood Orange Mimosa with fresh blueberries |
This post is for party animals only. If you still reading, it’s because you’re a party animal who knows that the next two weeks are going to be crazy busy with holiday parties – yippee ki yay! Starting today and through New Year’s Eve, there is a wonderful stretch of 14 days to celebrate the season. Chances are that you will be hosting at least one event over the next couple of weeks and I want to share two Holiday Beverage Bar Ideas that will totally delight guests of all ages and make hosting a breeze!
The first Beverage Bar is a Mimosa Bar filled with splits of prosecco, juices, sorbet and fresh fruits. You can see all the photos and read about the Mimosa Bar below. For the second Beverage Bar, I’m sending you away to Hot Chocolate Heaven to see how to set up a Hot Chocolate Bar that was done by a fellow Connecticut blogger! I had a very fun opportunity to team up with the multi-talented Nicole, the voice behind the blog, The Green Robe, to collaborate on a holiday-themed post. We met at IKEA to exchange ideas, and after chatting we realized that we both love to entertain – and a blog collaboration was born.
| Nicole’s Hot Chocolate Bar |
Nicole and I decided that we were both going to purchase similar items at IKEA and show our readers how the same items could be used for both our Holiday Beverage Bars. Nicole went with bright and cheery red items and choose black because it matches my holiday color scheme (pink, black, white and gold). I’ve included a photo of her Hot Chocolate Bar, but to see more photos and read about Nicole’s tips for setting up a hot chocolate bar, click here. She did an amazing job and you can read more about what took place behind the scenes of a blogger’s life.
So guys, you know that prosecco is one of my favorite drinks. When I’m entertaining, I like to create something festive using prosecco as the base ingredient, but kicking it up a notch. When my friends come over to party, they all know that I pour them their first drink and after that – they are on their own. And frankly, they prefer it that way. We all live by the motto: Mi casa es su casa. Setting up a Mimosa Bar is fun for everyone and it takes away the need for the host/hostess to monitor their guest’s glasses to see if a refill is needed. It is so important to be a guest at your own party. The whole point of entertaining is to be with your friends, so I create the type of environment where I can mingle and enjoy the evening.
For this Mimosa Bar, I used splits of delicious Lunetta Prosecco, tangerine and other assorted juices, four different flavors of sorbet, and fresh fruits. To make, place one scoop of sorbet into a glass, top with icy cold prosecco and garnish with fruit. I made a mimosa with blood orange sorbet and blueberries. Yum!
Tips – chill all the prosecco and pack the sorbet in ice to keep it cold. Even after a few hours, the sorbet was semi-frozen, which is the ideal scooping consistency. Have plenty of glasses on hand, they can be traditional champagne glasses or gimlets. Always serve a non-alcoholic alternative, like sparkling water. Don’t forget to add some cute bar napkins and a container to place the ice cream scoops. Party on!