Mimosa Bar

 This past weekend was my family bridal shower.  We showed the Barbie cake and the dessert bar yesterday.  Today, I wanted to show you the mimosa bar and give you some ideas on how to do it for your next party, get together, shower, breakfast for the big day, or some Sunday.

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The sign is an easy DIY and can be used for any event or holiday.  All you need is scrapbook or construction paper, ribbon, a marker, scissors, and a hole punch.  Cut out a triangular pennant for each letter and space you need and then write one letter on each.  Then punch two holes at the top of each pennant and thread the ribbon through the holes spelling out whatever you desire (i.e. Mimosa Bar, Bubbly Bar, etc.).

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Here are a few tips to achieve the best mimosa bar:

Tip #1:  Recipes not only take it to another level, I think they are necessary.  There will be a lot of guests who aren’t creative or who don’t want to experiment, they just want to know exactly what to do.  This is why the recipes are perfect.  They make the drinks fool proof.  Also, come up with cute names for the drinks (i.e. Blushing Bride, Marry Me, and Mrs. ______ )

Tip #2: Glasses flutes and containers are a definite must!! They may break occasionally (:: cough cough Amanda::), but, they are relatively inexpensive and make the bar look a lot more formal.  The champagne glass were found at Ikea and were less than $5 for 6.  And the fun juice containers were found at Homegoods for $1.99 each.

Tip #3: Make sure you include fresh fruit in the bar.  Take it to another level by adding recipes below each of the fruits giving the guests ideas for how to combine the juices and fruits for different drinks.  Even more fun, add sherbets or sorbets for the guests to add to the champagne; maybe even put a few popsicles in a wine glass for champagne to be poured over.

Tip #4: Pay attention to details.  I am a total detail person and I loved the details like the adorable straws being held in the unique champagne flutes, the Keep Calm and Drink Champagne sign, and the champagne chillin’ in the cute metal bucket.

And last but not least, probably the most important tip. Tip #5:  Be sure to have enough champagne for your guests.  You don’t want to run out!  Lucky for us, we didn’t

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DIY Barbie Cake ; For Beginners!

This past weekend was our very own, Kristin’s “Vintage Barbie” themed bridal shower.  It was done BEAUTIFULLY and the decorations were perfect!  I was asked to make the Barbie cake.  Yes, literally a barbie cake.  The kit includes the top half of a barbie that you stick into the center of the finished cake.  I had seen these cakes before but had never made one myself.  The idea of baking and decorating a barbie cake was intimidating and I was definitely nervous about the process! 

Much to my surprise, it was simple and a lot of fun.  The Barbie Cake Kit gives a how-to on decorating the skirt of the cake in different ways.  Fondant was used on all of the cakes, but that was not something I was comfortable using.  That’s why I decided to stick with good ‘ol icing and edible sprinkles. 

You will need:

  •  Barbie Cake Kit
  • Icing spatula
  • Frosting
  • Cupcake icing
  • Edible sprinkles

*All items were purchased from Michael’s Arts and Crafts, except for the frosting and cupcake icing which was purchased at a local grocery store. 

 

Using a 2-layer box of cake mix, follow the directions in the Barbie Cake Kit to bake the skirt of the cake.  Let cool for about an hour and then it’s time to decorate!

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Once the cake has cooled down, place onto a safe and sturdy plate or platform.  I just used the top of a pizza box.  (The white part of the cake is just flour from the pan). 

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Using your icing spatula, spread the icing evely onto the cake.  I simply turned the cardboard with one hand, while spreading the icing with the other.

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This is the fun part!  Take your edible sprinkles and carefully sprinkle onto the top/narrow part of the skirt/cake.  I just chose to go with an “ombre” effect.  A lot of sprinkles at the top, fading down into very few sprinkles. 

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For the top of the dress, I subsituted fondant with a tube of pink cupcake icing and a decorative tip. First, I inserted the Barbie into the cake; this makes it easier to decorate.

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I used a tip to create a bustier effect for the top of the dress.  The icing is simple to use and took me a quick 5 minutes to complete. 

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Finally, I added some edible sparkle to the bustier.

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To finish it off and tie the bustier into the skirt of the dress, I added some decoration to the skirt, using the cupcake icing and decorative tip.

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