Self Serve | DIY Food Bar Ideas for Your Next Party

Last year on a girls trip to D.C., we had a magical brunch that featured bottomless. mimosas. Is that music to your ears? Me too. The best part of the bottomless mimosa deal was that you weren’t saddled with the classic champagne + orange juice option. Because as delicious as they are, sometimes you want a little variety. Instead, they bring you a bottle of champagne, and 4 different carafes of juice to choose from. It was so fun for everyone to be able to customize their own mimosas that I’ve used it several times at home for wedding showers, brunch parties, etc. It’s a great way to liven up a traditional mimosa and has the added bonus of you not having to play bartender for all of your guests. Here’s how you do it:

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  • Stock up on champagne, a good rule of thumb is one bottle per every 2 people.
  • Pick out your juices. 3-4 is a good range without being excessive/overwhelming your guests with too many options. My favorites include orange juice, grapefruit, peach, strawberry puree, or guava juice (you can usually find this in the international section of the grocery store).
  • Fill glass carafes with your juice selection. Label your juices to avoid any confusion. Chalkboard tabs are a great and re-usable option.
  • Lay out some sliced fruit for your guests to garnish their mimosa with. Strawberries, raspberries, orange wedges, mint sprigs, grapefruit slices… really anything you think will compliment your juice selection.

It’s as simple as that! Once you’re done drinking those mimosas, we’ve got some great food bar options for you that are sure to be a hit at any party ~ Panthers on TV. Fall on the Patio with Neighborhood Friends. Saturday or Sunday Brunch. Bookclub. Supper Club. A DIY | Self-Serve Food or Drink Bar is Fun, Festive and Freeing, allowing you a bit more time to enjoy your own party.

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Taco Bar by CLT foodie SliceOfJess writing for scoop.

Taco Bar by Wedding Chicks

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The Perfect Bagel Bar by Camille Styles

Other ideas are a Bloody Mary Bar (not new but always appreciated) a Waffle Bar, a Nacho Bar, a Build Your Own Burger Bar, the Stuff Your Own Baked Potato Bar, and the good old fashioned but always popular Make Your Own Salad Bar.


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Kate was born and raised in Atlanta, GA and is a recent addition to the Queen City. When she’s not in the kitchen experimenting, you can find her cuddled up with a cookbook and her loyal pup, Tuck. To see more of what she’s cooking up- check out her Instagram or visit