Life is busy, and sometimes we don’t always have time to make a complex cocktail. For alternatives to mimosas, pair champagne and frozen pineapples with your favorite glassware. The chilled fruit will not only chill your champagne quickly but also serve as decor for your cocktail.
My grandmother's hutch has been (like so many objects in my home) chalk-painted and given new life as a cocktail station in my dining room. Some of her collection of retro barware is also prominently displayed, and I think she would be pleased that her beloved objects are still being put to good use. The black crow silhouette to the left of the cocktail station is a metal cut-out by Atlanta artist Matt Haffner and the print to the right is by the film director David Lynch.
Everyone loves a cocktail (or mocktail), and choosing one signature drink makes life easier for the hostess. Consider a crisp and refreshing pomegranate cocktail made with cold champagne and a splash of pomegranate juice. Or set out ingredients and let guests experiment with apple, pear, grape or even pineapple juice. Plan on at least three drinks per guest as most will alternate between wine, cocktails and water throughout the evening.