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August 15, 2015
Summer is coming to a close and you know what that means? School is starting up again! We know you have been scrambling trying to get all the necessities ready for the first day and that is why we are celebrating the first day of school with a bit of retail therapy and Mimosas! After you drop off the kids, stop by for a little relaxation and refreshments! We are hosting our annual Moms & Mimosas at Coco and Duckie on Monday August 24 from 8am-noon! We hope to see you there!
We have put together a few of our favorite party ideas in case you want to throw your own Moms Back To School bash! We have searched high and low for the prettiest, yummiest and easiest recipes for your own Brunch Fête to celebrate the kiddos starting back to school!
We all know that brunch is best. One reason why brunch is the best meal of the day is that so many brunch appropriate recipes are easy to make! Our first pick for a savory snack is this delicious Smoked Salmon & Zucchini Bake.
Not only is it delicious, but also it’s easy peasy to make and a perfectly pretty brunch bite! It can be prepped the night before and stored in the refrigerator, or it can be baked ahead and served cold!
Serves 6 Friends
50 g flour
2 C. Whole Milk
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 large Zucchini
8 Slices of Smoked Salmon
½ C. Chopped Chives
Preheat your oven to 425 °.
Beat the eggs, add the flour and mix well.
Gradually add the milk and olive oil.
Add salt and pepper (Not too much though, the salmon is already salty!).
Cut the zucchini into little sticks.
In a buttered ramekin, arrange a layer of zucchini, chives, 3 or 4 bits of smoked salmon, repeat then finish with zucchini.
Cover with the egg mixture.
Bake until the top is golden & the center no longer jiggles (approximately 30 minutes).
And now, for the fun part, the Mimosa Bar! We found so many pretty drink recipes it was hard to choose just one to feature. But, you are in luck we made a fancy-schmancy Pinterest Board with all sorts of options!
Setting up a DIY mimosa bar is by far our favorite party element! It’s décor and drinks all wrapped up into one cute area, plus it’s a fun ‘activity’ for you and your guests. We can pretty much guarantee everyone will want to participate in this party 'activity'.
Here is what you will need....
Champagne (or sparkling wine): One bottle per every 4-5 friends, though it’s always a good idea to have an extra bottle of bubbly on hand. For an alcohol-free version, simply replace the champagne with soda water, we are huge fans of Fever Tree's Indian Tonic Water!
Fruit Juice: Pick three or four different juices, it’s always a good idea pick juices with contrasting colors! It will make for a more interesting display and your bar will have pops of color! Our favorite juice options are grapefruit, peach nectar, cranberry, pineapple & watermelon.
Fresh fruit: The prettiest way to infuse the drinks. Raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and champagne grapes are easy options that don’t require much prep!
Garnish: Because a little bit of green can really brighten up your glass and make a more flavorful drink! Our suggestions are rosemary, sage, cilantro, basil and lime leaf.
Serving Elements: Champagne glasses, carafes, little bowls and an ice bucket.
Labels: We love labeling. Our personal favorite are little chalk labels to id the juices and fruits. If your carafes are glass you could also use chalk markers to write on them.
Here is your checklist to set up your mimosa bar, most of this can be done the day before.
Arrange your cute glasses on the 'bar'.
Pour the juices into the carafes and label them.
Arrange the fruit into bowls and set aside a small spoon for each dish.
Put the herb garnishes into dishes and label. Set aside a small pair of tongs.
Set out your ice bucket.
Add any extra decor to your bar if you like, such as paper straws, cute napkins, fresh flowers, bunting, or a bar sign.
The last and most important thing, pour yourself a drink and have some fun!
We know the little ones will be at school....but we couldn't resist making a pin board of all the adorable things we found for the kiddos!
We hope you and your kids have a spectacular first day of school and we hope to see you soon!
Coco and Duckie
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