9 Unique Wedding Favor Ideas Your Guests Will Love

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There are several ways that you can thank your wedding guests for coming to your big day. One of the best ways is by presenting them with a thoughtful wedding favor. The trouble is often it can be quite hard to figure out exactly what you want to give them. Should it be food-based? Maybe something they can use around the house? Or should it be something more on the sentimental side?

If you’re feeling stuck, don’t worry! We came up with 9 unique wedding favor ideas that will help you impress your guests and give them a memory they will cherish for years. Read about them below!

Personalized Tea Packets or Coffee Beans – Are you and your fiancé coffee connoisseurs or tea lovers? Share the love by creating your very own handmade packages that include your favorite blends and flavors! Your guests can enjoy them when they get home.

Cute Succulents – Give your guests the lasting gift of a succulent! Every time they see them at home, they will fondly remember your wedding day and the fun times they had. You can find tiny, hardy, and beautiful succulents for a good price in several local stores!

Totally Awesome Tote Bags – Here’s a favor idea that can be both cute and functional! Create a fun design on the bag and add you and your beau’s names, your wedding date, and the place you’ll be getting married. It’s eco-friendly and perfect for running errands around town!

Paper Fans – Will your wedding take place in the summer? Summer days might feel like a memory now in the middle of winter, but those hot days will be upon us soon. Hand out colorful fans as the perfect wedding favor. Not only will they help your guests stay cool, but they’re also really fun to dance with!

Seed (Packets) of Love – Fill some boxes with flower seeds or fruit and veggie seeds to hand out to your guests. They can plant them when spring arrives and watch the plants blossom and grow!

Parasols – If your wedding will take place outdoors, parasols can be fun and useful gifts to give your guests! They can also be kept as a useful keepsake for future days spent in the sun.

Hot Chocolate Jar – Give your guests a fun treat that they can savor during the fall or winter! Include layers of rich, creamy chocolate with marshmallows and powdered cocoa. Don’t forget to personalize it with a tag or sticker commemorating your wedding!

Keepsake Hankies – Let’s face it – a lot of people cry at weddings and other happy occasions. Help your guests dry their eyes with designed DIY handkerchiefs! This thoughtful gift will come in handy at your wedding and will bring them comfort during other future events.

Show ‘em S’more Love – Who doesn’t love s’mores? Create a little s’mores package, which is just perfect for campfires and breezy autumn nights. Use chocolate, marshmallow, and mini graham crackers to create a recipe for happiness!

You know, even cookies, donuts, and pies make great wedding favors, too! Shower your guests with only the best – come in to McArthur’s Bakery Café, and we’ll hook you up with the tastiest, most savory desserts in St. Louis!

Salads Don’t Have to Be Boring at McArthur’s!

creamy Caesar salad at McArthur's

How are those New Year’s resolutions going? If you’ve aimed to eat healthier foods and live a fit lifestyle, you’re probably working on eating more salads. If you’re trying to include salads in your daily diet, you might be starting to get sick of them. If this sounds like you, then we have the perfect solution for you! Give boring salads the boot by chowing down at McArthur’s!

Listen, salads don’t have to be a sad mix of lettuce, tomatoes, and croutons. You don’t have to settle for mediocre meals! Check out our zesty and flavorful Harvest Salad, which features balsamic dressing, fresh lettuce, blue cheese, spiced candied walnuts, dried apricots, red onions, and toasted sunflower seeds. This salad is sure to be a treat for your taste buds!

Want something that’s a bit more seasonal? Try our very own Winter Salad! You can enjoy a delicious medley of arugula, butternut squash, cranberries, pecans, Parmesan cheese, and balsamic dressing. It’s the perfect salad to keep you full, give you plenty of energy, and allow you to savor the unique flavors of winter!

Feeling like something more on the simple side? We’ve got you covered with our Caesar Salad! Savor a fresh mix of romaine lettuce, house-made croutons, shaved red onions, shredded Parmesan cheese, and creamy Caesar dressing. Trust us, it’s not your ordinary Caesar salad!

Oh, and don’t forget, all of our salads are proudly made with fresh, local ingredients. That goes the same for our other goodies, including our sandwiches, pastries, soups, and more!

So what are you waiting for? Come on over to one of our four locations and enjoy one of our filling, delicious salads today!

Our Healthy Menu Items Can Help You Reach Your New Year’s Goals!

McArthur's healthy Fall Salad which features a delicious medley of arugula, butternut squash, cranberries, pecans, Parmesan cheese, and balsamic dressing.

Happy New Year! We hope that you’ve had a fantastic holiday season full of laughter and fun. Now that 2017 is here, it’s time to get serious – serious about your New Year’s resolutions, that is! Is your goal to lose weight or get fit? Are you aiming to becoming more mindful of your food choices this year? If so, McArthur’s has you totally covered. We have several new healthy menu items to help you reach your goals this year!

First, start the day off right by enjoying our sweet and sumptuous fruit and yogurt parfait. This delectable meal will keep you full and give you all the energy you will need for the entire morning.

In the mood for a sandwich? Don’t let that sad half sandwich of peanut butter and jelly make the cut! Instead, savor our grilled chicken sandwich, which is marinated and comes with tomato, pickles, and dill aioli. We think that’s a much tastier (and healthier) choice than a boring PB&J!

Want something on the vegetarian side? Our Veg Head, which features cucumber, tomato, pickled onion, arugula, Swiss cheese, and miso-mustard dressing on whole wheat Pullman, is sure to delight! Walk on the wild side with our Mofu Tofu, which includes local tofu, roasted red peppers, Swiss cheese, banana peppers, and chipotle dressing!

If you want to warm up with a healthy soup, then you seriously need to try our Hearty Beef Stew. Comprised of tender beef chuck, mirepoix, tomatoes, snow peas, red potatoes, and Italian spices, this dish is sure to fill you up and keep you warm even after you go for your daily run in the cold. For a vegan-friendly soup, try our Vegan Butternut Squash Soup! You’ll enjoy fresh roasted butternut squash, carrots, coconut milk, turmeric, 5 spice, and a tangy hint of lime. You won’t find anything this delicious anywhere else!

Looking to get more salads in your life? We have salads aplenty! Our famous Fall Salad features a delicious medley of arugula, butternut squash, cranberries, pecans, Parmesan cheese, and balsamic dressing. Try something a little different with our Harvest Salad, which includes balsamic, a lettuce mix, blue cheese, spiced candied walnuts, dried apricots, red onions, and toasted sunflower seeds. Of course, you can always enjoy our traditional Caesar Salad, made with romaine lettuce, house-made croutons, shaved red onions, shredded Parmesan cheese, and creamy Caesar dressing. Yum!

So what are you waiting for? Come into any of our 4 locations today and enjoy food that’s both delicious and good for you! Be sure to check out our full menu online at www.mcarthurs.com/menu.

Loyalty Has Many Rewards at McArthur’s!

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Ever wanted to be rewarded for your loyalty at your favorite restaurants? Now you can at McArthur’s! When you join McArthur’s Rewards program, you will earn rewards for shopping at any McArthur’s location. The rewards that you earn can be put toward future purchases, making spending with us sweeter than ever!

For a little instant gratification, you can enjoy a free pastry of your choice by downloading our special app and signing up today! You can also receive up-to-date rewards and points, special offers, news on special events and happenings, and much more! Just download our app on the app store or on Google Play to get started. It’s fun, easy, FREE, and available right now!

Get rewarded for your loyalty – join McArthur’s Rewards program and start earning your rewards right now! Learn more by calling (314) 894-0900.

Check Out Our Amazing New Menu Items!

McArthur's fall menu items

Guess what? Your favorite local café has just added some all-new items to the menu! We have lots of new food and beverage items for you to enjoy. Whether you’re on your way to work, need something to warm you up on those cold winter days, or want to enjoy a delicious meal with a friend, there’s something for everyone at McArthur’s.

Sophisticated Sandwiches – In addition to some of our more famous sandwiches like the Lou and the California Club, we have a piled pastrami sandwich, made with Swiss cheese, tomato, and lettuce, served on whole wheat Pullman. Vegetarian? We have 2 different sandwiches for you to choose from! Our Veg Head sandwich is cold and refreshing, bedecked with cucumber, tomato, pickled onion, arugula, Swiss cheese, miso mustard dressing, all on whole wheat Pullman. For a warm treat, enjoy our Mofu Tofu, made with local tofu, roasted red peppers, Swiss cheese, banana peppers, and chipotle dressing. Of course, you can still enjoy The Basics – turkey, ham and Swiss, or roast beef – which come with lettuce, tomato, mayo, and pickles.

Savory Soups and Salads – We are so excited to debut our special Fall Salad, which is a delicious medley of arugula, butternut squash, cranberries, pecans, parmesan cheese, and balsamic dressing. You can also enjoy our savory Harvest Salad and Caesar Salad, or choose from one of our new soups! Our Hearty Beef Stew, made with beef, mirepoix, tomatoes, snow peas, red potatoes, and Italian spices, is sure to warm you right up. For a soup chock full of vegetables, try our Vegan Butternut Squash, which boasts roasted butternut squash, carrots, coconut milk, turmeric, 5 spice, and lime!

Amazing New Coffee – We heard you loud and clear, so now we’re proud to source coffee from local café Park Avenue Coffee! Enjoy hot or iced coffees, including café latte, café mocha, vanilla latte, caramel latte, chai tea latte, and, of course, espresso. You can also savor our iced coffee, amazing hot tea, and mocha, caramel, and vanilla frappes. Yum!

Sweet Smoothies – Yep, we’ve started offering delicious smoothies! Come on in and choose from four different flavors: strawberry banana, 4 Berry Blast, carrot ginger orange, and mango. Even if it’s cold outside, there’s always time to have a revitalizing smoothie!

Try these awesome new items today when you visit one of our four locations! You can learn more about us and what we offer by visiting us at www.mcarthurs.com. See you soon!

9 Tips to Help You Create the Perfect Wedding Cake

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When it comes to wedding planning, there are a couple of big priorities you need to take care of – the venue, the dress, and, of course, the cake. If you find yourself stressing out about what kind of cake you’ll want or if you don’t know where to start, look no further! McArthur’s Bakery Café has the ultimate wedding cake guide to make creating your perfect cake a cinch. Read on for our tips below!

Keep It Consistent With Your Wedding Style – Once you’ve selected your venue, your dress, and perhaps the flower arrangements, it’s time to decide what your cake will look like. It’s best to try to have a cake that’s compatible with the look you’re trying to achieve. Try coming to your cake consultation with an idea of what you’d like to see! You don’t have to have a detailed sketch prepared, but you can bring along some inspiration like a swatch of lace from your dress or a photo of the venue.

Have a Budget in Mind – Wedding cake is typically priced by the slice, so the cost can vary. Figure out how many guests you will be inviting and take a look at your budget before you draw up your dream wedding cake. As a rule of thumb, 3 tiers will usually serve 50-100 guests.

Consider Height and Space – Where will your wedding reception be held? You should try to make your wedding cake fit the venue as well – literally. If you’ll be having it in a grand ballroom, you may want a cake that is large as well. If the setting is smaller and more intimate, a tinier cake can look appropriate and elegant.

Choose the Flavor YOU Want – That’s right. It’s your wedding – you should have your favorite flavor featured in your wedding cake! You can go with the classics of vanilla and/or chocolate, of course, but don’t be afraid to stray from the norms and check out other flavors as well. Don’t forget to sample fillings, too!

Pick the Right Frosting – When it comes to frosting, you will typically need to choose between buttercream- or fondant-based frostings. Fondant usually looks fancier and sleeker while buttercream has a divine taste. Whichever type of frosting you choose, your cake will look beautiful and will taste amazing, too!

Consider Weather Conditions – This is especially important if you’re having an outdoor wedding, particularly during the summer. Keep in mind that whipped cream, buttercream, and meringue have the tendency to melt. If you aren’t sure how to navigate through this area, your baker can present you with some temperature-friendly options that may not require refrigeration!

Top It Off – Don’t forget about your cake topper! You don’t have to do plastic figurines if you don’t want to either – there are several ways you can make your cake as unique and beautiful as you and your wedding! Use an heirloom piece, opt for a bouquet of sugar flowers, or even a sugar block carved with your new monograms. Don’t want a topper? That’s okay! In fact, some designs look absolutely stunning without a topper!

Put a Delivery Plan in Place – Cake delivery can be tricky, especially if you don’t have a detailed plan in place. It takes coordination, a timeline, and usually a refrigerated van. Discuss all of the delivery details with your baker before you sign the contract. This will put you at ease on your big day!

Let It Shine on the Big Day – You’ve gone through all of the hard work of planning your wedding cake, so put it on display before you cut it! Give the cake a designated, well-lit table. Everyone will want to see what it looks like and also know where to go whenever it’s time for dessert, after all!

Ready to get started? Call the experts at McArthur’s Bakery Café at (314) 894-0900 for a free consultation! Learn more about us by visiting www.mcarthurs.com.

Pre-Order Your Holiday Goodies Now at McArthur’s!

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Do you have any plans for the upcoming holiday season? Are you tired of always having to make countless pies and sweets for your family and friends? Does the thought of buying mediocre store-bought holiday treats fill you with dread? If so, we have the perfect solution – preorder all of your holiday goodies here at McArthur’s Bakery Café!

That’s right – you can begin placing your orders for all of your favorite holiday desserts and treats right now! Savor and share heavenly pumpkin or apple pie on Thanksgiving Day. Bring amazing homemade donuts to any of your office holiday parties. Share the freshest, most mouth-watering bread imaginable with your family and friends during any of your Yuletide celebrations. And of course, don’t forget to celebrate St. Louis with the city’s signature dessert – gooey butter cake! You won’t find a more decadent gooey butter cake than here at McArthur’s!

Don’t wait! Place your orders now for all of your favorite holiday desserts! Call us with your order at (314) 894-0900 or stop by one of our four locations to submit your holiday order today!

Need Catering? Wow the Crowd With McArthur’s Bakery Café!

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Do you have a big business meeting coming up soon? Will you be hosting an open house event or another special corporate event? While you might be busy planning the event itself, you should pay close attention to the part that everyone is especially interested in – the food!

Looking to impress your clients with amazing food like no other? McArthur’s Bakery Café can cater to your needs at your place of business! We have countless mouth-watering selections for you to choose from. Make your morning meeting a hit with our catered breakfast, featuring our Good Morning Sampler, yogurt parfait breakfast bar, or bagels and cream cheese. Thinking more about lunch? Our lunch buffet features several delicious choices, including our basic, classic, and signature sandwich samplers, fresh side choices, and your favorite desserts! We are also proud to serve platters and bowls, including our fresh fruit platter of seasonal fruits, salads, and sandwich platters for your convenience.

Oh, and we have the most delectable boxed sandwiches for your guests! Each is individually wrapped and includes your choice of a side and a sweet treat. Choose from turkey, ham, or roast beef with your choice of cheese, bread, and condiments, or nosh on one of our signature sandwiches, including The Lou, the California Club, or the Simple Salami. Don’t forget to top it all off with the city’s best sweet treats, including our signature sweets tray, Euro dessert tray, or our assorted cookie trays!

Please be sure to place your catering order by 4 p.m. on the business day prior to our delivery or pickup. We will be ready with your requests on the following business day!

Please be sure to email any questions or requests you may have at catering@mcarthurs.com or call us at 314-894-0900 to set up your appointment today!

6 Autumnal Wedding Trends You’ll Fall for in 2016

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As the weather chills and the heat of summer fades away, we welcome the fall season with open arms and gear up for long nights full of apple cider, bonfires, S’mores, and hot chocolate. With the change in season also come new trends for fall weddings, and we’re loving what we’re seeing! Here are 6 amazing trends that are making waves for fall weddings this year:

Romantic Lighting – This fall, couples are embracing warm, romantic lighting thoughtfully placed throughout their venues. Celebrating inside? Try lighting up the atmosphere with candles and Edison bulbs. Tying the knot outdoors? Think hanging branch globes and string lights to create a warm, glowing environment.

Celebrate Indoors AND Outdoors – Speaking of location, fall is just too beautiful of a season to keep yourself and your guests inside all day and night. Make the most of the gorgeous fall weather by choosing to celebrate both inside and outside! Try to select a venue that will allow you space both indoors and outdoors. You can use the outdoor space for unique photo shoots with props or host a hot chocolate station!

Homemade Details – This fall, we are seeing more homemade, thoughtful details being used in weddings across the nation. You can easily include this touch with your wedding favors! Try creating bags to hold biscuits and jam or another homemade and hearty treat for guests to enjoy during or after your wedding.

Dark Colors, Warm Neutrals – It’s time to say goodbye to the light and airy pastels from the summer and say hello to dark, brooding tones. We’re thinking plum, maroon, midnight blue, and burnt orange. You can also include warm neutrals like warm grays or a metallic gold to complement these romantic colors.

Autumnal Flowers and Décor – Fall is the perfect time to step away from the roses and peonies and try something a little different. Mums, dahlias, and even stunning chrysanthemums are wonderful fall flowers to include in your bouquet or decorations. Don’t forget to tie in a few traditional fall wedding details like pumpkins and leaves for a rustic, seasonal look!

Decadent, Rich Desserts – Last but definitely not least, wedding cakes and desserts are steering away from light flavors of citrus and fruit to a heavier, richer treat that guests will savor to the very last bite. Naked spice cakes filled with warm salted caramel are perfect for celebrating your autumnal nuptials! Give the cake that fall-like feel by decorating it with figs or orange and red leaves. Not a fan of cake or want to do something unique? Break with tradition and have a pie buffet or donuts with hot apple cider instead!

Now that you have some great ideas to prepare your fall wedding, be sure to come see the experts at McArthur’s Bakery Café to create the wedding cake or dessert of your dreams! We promise, our creations are totally Pinterest-worthy.