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Friday is on the horizon, my friends — and you’re probably already in that summa, summa, summati-ime weekend mindset.
(I actually thought today was Friday all morning, but I digress…)
I’m right here with you, because at long last, my favorite weekend of the year has arrived: Lollapalooza!
Nothing says weekend like a little champagne pre-party — because after all, mimosas are synonymous with Saturday/Sunday mornings. And really, is there anything better than an hour or two of liquid bonding over brunch with your closest confidants?
It’s going to be a fun, busy weekend on my end. Most excitingly, I’ve been collaborating with Cupcake wines to do a lot of awesome, booze-infused activities (in moderation, natch) around Lolla’s 25th Anniversary.
Cupcake is one of Lolla’s main beverage sponsors and – not ironically – one of my go-to “cocktail” choices for the festival every year. There, not only do they have Prosecco, sangria and wine varietals at-the-ready, you can get it by the (water) bottle… Yep. Amazing, as there’s nothing worse than going to-and-from the beer tent (and as a result, the bathroom) mid-way through a music set you really want to see, is there?
The festival is four days this year — Thursday through Sunday — and I’ll be at it all weekend. To be honest, though, I’m most excited for the pre-fest par-tay.
I’m hosting a few friends this weekend, so with that in mind, I created a build-your-own-mimosa bar so that we can easily kick off the festivities of our favorite weekend. This spread is sure to impress your guests — and honestly, I can’t tell you how easy it is to create.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Champagne flutes for your guests
Large pitchers for your mixers of choice (I’m serving orange, grapefruit and pomegranate juices)
Colorful, tasty garnishes (fruity finger foods)
Plenty of delicious, shareable apps and brunch-worthy bites
Cupcake Prosecco (bonus points for mini bottles — aren’t they cute?)
Here’s how to do it:
Just pour the bubbly, add the juice (or skip it, like I did — LOL) and top with fruit. Simple. Salud!
Lastly, here’s a fewpracticed principles of the pregame to ensure you master your next champagne campaign. (Kinda like stretching before a workout, if you will.)
Plan to pair your Prosecco with vibrant, fresh fruits and colorful juices — liquids without much added sugar, ideally.
Tart-tasting dranks like OJ will balance the Prosecco’s sweeter, boozy, bubbly taste.
For non-alcoholic or mock mimosas, just replace the Prosecco with sparkling water or lemonade.
Buy a bag of granola and some individually sized yogurt so you can also offer a yogurt bar (with all that fruit you’ve got).