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5 Beautiful Easter Table Place Setting Ideas that Inspire

Easter is a wonderful time to celebrate the Resurrection of Christ with family and friends. To create the best setting for your Easter celebration, we have gathered five of our favorite types of tablescapes to serve as inspiration.  

Vintage Easter Tablescape 

There’s no better time than Easter to dust off your vintage china that you’ve been dying to use. To keep your table from looking ‘dated,’ try pairing your heirlooms with modern touches like gold silverware, vibrant florals, greenery and patterned tablecloths.  

If you do not own vintage pieces, Etsy is a great place to buy a few. 

vintage easter table setting

Photo Credit: Liz Gray and H. Camille Smith   

Natural Easter Tablescape 

The great thing about natural tablescapes is they revolve around mixing and matching florals and green elements. Layer them with an eclectic mix of glassware, plates and tablecloths. Or, keep it simple with white serveware 

natural easter table setting

Photo Credit: Elle Decor 

Classic Easter Tablescape 

A classic Easter tablescape with clean, crisp white serveware with pops of pastel colors and florals provides a contemporary look.  

classic Easter table setting

Photo Credit: Décor Pad   Photo Credit: Centsational Style  Photo Credit: Thrifty Décor Chick 

Pastel Easter Tablescape 

A pastel tablescape is a beautiful way to decorate for Easter without being excessive. Try pairing pastel serve ware, such as blush pink or light teal, with brightly colored florals and gold accents. 

Photo Credit: In Honor of Design  Photo By: Emily Henderson  Photo Credit: Studio Bicyclette 

While beautiful table settings and vibrant flowers set the tone of the Easter tablescape, it wouldn’t be complete without a delicious treat from our bakery. 


2020 Wedding Season Kick-Off

And so it begins. Wedding season is officially in full swing!

First things first: planning a wedding, while exciting, can be overwhelming at times. Some couples choose to take the route of hiring a wedding professional to assist them with the details of their big day, while others opt to do it all themselves. Regardless of the route you choose, we have put together this guide to help make your decisions a bit easier.

Trending Wedding Colors

Each season has its own unique mood and favorite colors.

Here are trending wedding colors by season:

  • Spring: Peache & Mauve
  • Summer: Coral & Lemon
  • Fall: Sunset Colors
  • Winter: Dusty Blue & Silver

To find out more, read our Trending Wedding Colors guide.

2020 Wedding Cake Trends

A new year brings with it new wedding cake trends. The emergence of creative new wedding cake options, as well as tried and true favorites, will surely inspire you for the big day!

Here are six wedding cake trends sure to turn heads.

  • Deckle Edged Cakes
  • Metallic Wedding Cakes
  • All White Wedding Cakes
  • Naked Cakes
  • Geometric Wedding Cake Details
  • Subtle Color Wedding Cakes

To find out more, read our 2020 Wedding Cake Trends You’ll Want to Know About.

Why You Need A Wedding Website

In today’s digital age, savvy and resourceful brides are using a wedding website to help them manage the overwhelming details of their big day.

But with so much on your plate, you may be wondering if managing a wedding website will just be another task on your already growing list of things to do.

Are wedding websites worth it?

The truth is, the benefits of a wedding website might just save you a whole lot of stress in the long run. From streamlining your planning process to tracking your RSVP’s, there are so many reasons why wedding websites are fast becoming an essential tool for many brides.

The answer: yes! A wedding website can save you a lot of stress in the long run.

Here are five reasons why you need a wedding website:

  • Save Money on Invites
  • Set Expectations
  • Most are Free
  • Registry Information
  • Always Accessible

To read more, check out our article Top 5 Reasons the Modern Bride Needs a Wedding Website.

Self-Care Tips to Survive the Stress of Wedding Planning

From venue locations to cake flavors (and everything between), many decisions go into wedding plans. You may have questions like, “How can I NOT stress about wedding planning?” or “How can I actually enjoy my wedding planning experience?”.

Some brides tackle planning as DIY brides-to-be, which can generate more stress than anticipated.  Other brides hire a wedding planner to help reduce stress. They offer experience in planning and advice along the way. While a planner is helpful, you will still need to make many decisions.

Whether you go it solo or hire a professional for help, planning a wedding is stressful – completely worth it, but stressful.  Don’t be a burned-out bride!  Take care of yourself during the planning process.

Here are 5 self-care strategies to help minimize stress:

  • Start with Self-Awareness & Couple Compatibility
  • Ensure You Have Time to Exercise
  • Creatively Express Your Feelings
  • Get Good at Delegating
  • Have a “Plan A” and “Plan B”

To read more, check out our article Don’t Get Tied in Knots.

Top 5 Cake Filling Flavors

Modern weddings focus on creating an experience for the entire guest list.

It’s important to remember the five senses when creating your wedding experience; sight, smell, touch, taste, and sound. Your cake’s beautiful design is a huge part of the visual experience.  The memorable flavors and decadent fillings you choose create a taste experience for your guests. Fillings help hold the tiers of your wedding cake together and add a range of flavors to your “tasteful” wedding experience!

ADC’s most popular cake fillings:

  • Raspberry
  • Strawberry
  • Lemon
  • Chocolate Fudge
  • Buttercream

To learn more about creating a tasty wedding experience, read our Top 5 Filling Flavors to Love.

Top 5 Reasons the Modern Bride Needs A Wedding Website

In today’s digital age, savvy and resourceful brides are using a wedding website to help them manage the overwhelming details of their big day.

But with so much on your plate, you may be wondering if managing a wedding website will just be another task on your already growing list of things to do.

Are wedding websites worth it?

The truth is, the benefits of a wedding website might just save you a whole lot of stress in the long run. From streamlining your planning process to tracking your RSVP’s, there are so many reasons why wedding websites are fast becoming an essential tool for many brides.

The answer: yes! A wedding website can save you a lot of stress in the long run.

Here are five reasons why you need a wedding website.

Save Money on Invites

save money on wedding invites

We live in a digital age where people expect ease. A wedding website allows you to send out invites without worrying that they will get lost in the mail or tossed in a mail pile and forgotten about. Another bonus? You can say adios to the prepaid RSVP envelope. By allowing guests to receive their invite digitally and RSVP online with a simple click, thus saves you valuable time and ensures they don’t forget to RSVP.

Set Expectations

why you need a wedding website

The website is great for answering common and anticipated questions, such as “where can I book a hotel” or “what’s the dress code.” Details can be explained on the website as can the story of the bride and groom. Lastly, the website can serve as a place to get your guests hyped up about the big day. Planning a to-die for hot chocolate bar? Put it on the website. Did you book the hottest band in your city? Put it on the website. This will create further anticipation for your big day.

Most Are Free

wedding website

Wedding websites are offered at little to no cost! This is huge considering all the expenses that go into planning a wedding. Plus, it streamlines tasks that could be cumbersome if they were to be handled manually.

Here is a list of free wedding websites:


Registry Information

wedding gift

The wedding website is an excellent location to provide registry information-bonus points for it being a shop-able online registry! As mentioned above, people are busy and it can be difficult to make time to go shopping for a wedding gift. However, if they can purchase it online directly from your registry, then you’ll get exactly what you want and it makes it easier on your guest. A true win-win!

Always Accessible

Your wedding website serves as a digital portal, with your wedding information centrally located and accessible from one place. Regardless of where you are, your website is only a click away.

Depending on notes and spreadsheets to manage the details of your wedding can leave you in a tight bind should they get lost, deleted, or misplaced. You will always have peace of mind knowing that your website is keeping all your important wedding details safe, secure and easy to find.

Lastly, a wedding website gives you up to date data on information such as guests attending or seating arrangements.

Need additional help planning your big day? Download our free Dream Wedding Planner to help you stay organized.

2020 Wedding Cake Trends You’ll Want to Know About

A new year brings with it new wedding cake trends. The emergence of creative new wedding cake options, as well as tried and true favorites, will surely inspire you for the big day!

Here are six wedding cake trends sure to turn heads.

Deckle Edged Cakes

This type of cake draws inspiration from stationery with “deckle” or raw edges. The result is a delicate vintage look that gives depth to the cake. You can have the entire cake layered with deckle edges, or opt for a more simplistic style by choosing a smooth cake with a deckle-edged accent tier.

white tiered floral wedding cake

Metallic Wedding Cakes

Metallic-hued wedding cakes instantly look upscale and gorgeous. It is a modern nod to the rustic chic trend that we have seen over the past few years. Plus, any color that you choose for your wedding palette can be made metallic to add that little pop of futuristic style without overdoing it.

silver metallic floral tiered wedding cake

All White Wedding Cakes

An all white wedding cake is a great way to make a simple yet bold statement that is effortlessly classy. You can add delicate piping or white floral details that make the cake unique to your wants and style.

rustic beach wedding cake

Naked Cakes

A full-naked wedding cake or semi-naked wedding is a trend that is here to stay! It’s not hard to understand the appeal of a naked wedding cake. The focus is on the natural beauty of the cake and provides barely there frosting topped with greenery or bright floral arrangements.

naked wedding cake tiered

Geometric Wedding Cake Details

This 2020 wedding cake trend is in stark contrast to the naked trend mentioned above. The geometric details range from precise lines decorated on the cake to the actual body of the cake. You can go bold with a geometric tile print over the whole cake or keep it toned down with a geometric tier.

glam black and gold tiered wedding cake


Subtle Color Wedding Cakes

The trend of the moment is the hand-painted, soft wedding cake. This trend is perfect for the bride who prefers a less dramatic cake but one that is nonetheless stunning. A color can be lightly painted onto an all-white cake or can be added with coordinating colors.

tiered rustic beach wedding seashell cake

Wedding cake trends come and go, so make sure to put your own personal touch on your wedding cake.

The team here at American Dream Cakes will help you create a one of a kind cake that is perfect for your big day. Contact us when you’re ready.

American Dream Cakes: A Year in Review

The end of 2019 is fast approaching.  As we prepare for the New Year, we also pause and reflect over the joys, challenges and blessings of 2019.  We give thanks for reaching our 20th year of serving as Jacksonville’s premiere bakery.  Thank you to each of you for allowing us to make your life events and big moments delicious!  Without you, we couldn’t make a difference in our community.

In 20 years of operating as a military spouse and veteran-owned family bakery, we’re grateful for one of the busiest wedding seasons ever!  Thank you.

In February 2019, we made our first appearance at the Carolina Chocolate Festival and had a blast.  We can’t wait for the festival next year on Feb. 1-2, 2020.

In the spring, military orders and illness brought us to a tough season of staff changes and physical recovery.  Through this season, God provided for us and we are happily back to a full staff and the bakery is humming as we create new masterpieces every day.

In the summer, we were honored to create another Icing Smiles custom celebration cake for a family impacted by the critical illness of a child.  Those smiles are priceless, and we’re so blessed to help create them.  We also hosted a culinary intern during the summer months from Pennsylvania.  Currently, we have a Dixon High School senior taking culinary classes at our bakery.

Thanks to your support, we’ve also been blessed to support local causes like project graduation, the JHS musical, cake walks, DSS Foster Care, USO, Onslow Women’s Center, Soup Kitchen and Homeless Shelter, Rotary, Polio Plus and more.

In September, we attended the International Baking Industry Expo in Las Vegas, where we learned new techniques and bought new bakery “toys” to keep making life delicious one bite at a time!

As we’re now in the Holiday season, we’re excited to see our Sara’s Pepparkakor division growing. This year we’ll set up at 7 different Christmas markets around NC from Wilmington to Raleigh, and all the way out to Beaufort!

We’ll be busy making holiday pies, Christmas treats and more as we give thanks for our blessings at the end of 2019.  We’re looking forward to a new website reveal the New Year (thanks, 17blue!).  And we’ll be counting the blessings of a new season as we ring in 2020 with our friends and family in Jacksonville and Onslow County.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from
Gunilla & Randy Kroshus
and the ADC Bakery Team

The Marine Corps Cake Cutting Ceremony

On November 10, Marines all over the world celebrate the birth of their Corps. The yearly Marine Corps Birthday Ball celebrates the history and traditions of the illustrious Corps. The celebration symbolizes where the Marine Corps started and where it is now.

The Birthday Ball has humble beginnings that date back to 1921, when the 13th Commandant, Gen. John A. Lejeune, issued the Marine Corps Order No. 47, Series 1921. The order was directed to be read on November 10th each year to all Marines to honor the founding of the Marine Corps. It soon became not only a way to honor the birthday of the Corps, but a celebration.

In 1925, in Philadelphia, PA, the Commandant, the Secretary of War, and many other statesmen and elected officials attended the first “formal” Marine Corps Birthday Ball. As years have passed on, the yearly Ball has evolved to take on a life of its own with honored traditions. One such tradition is the cake-cutting ceremony.

The cake-cutting ceremony, formalized in 1952, mandates that a piece of cake goes to the oldest Marine present and he or she will pass it to the youngest Marine present. This exchange signifies the passing of tradition from generation to generation. The cake is guided to the center stage by selected Marines while the Marines’ hymn plays. It is then cut with the Mameluke sword and serves as a reminder that the Corps is a band of warriors, dedicated to carrying the sword, so that our nation may live in peace.


7 Decadent Fall Desserts For When The Temperatures Drop

One of our favorite things about the Fall season is that it is hands-down the best season for baking. Not only does tradition mix with the new to create memories that warm the heart and satisfy the soul but it’s a time of togetherness. Share the love this fall with these seven best fall desserts.

Pressed for time? We make these decadent desserts from scratch every fall season for you to pre-order.

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Say “hello” to fall with a smooth and creamy pumpkin cheesecake! It is full of pumpkin flavor that melts in your mouth and is a great alternative to pumpkin pie. Check out this pumpkin cheesecake recipe from

pumpkin cheesecake drizzled with chocolate

Pumpkin Bread

Ah, pumpkin bread. Kids love it, adults love it and it can leave your house smelling like a delicious slice of fall!  Learn how to make spiced pumpkin bread from Once Upon a Chef.

buttered slices of pumpkin bread

Buttered slices of pumpkin bread in a holiday setting with pine cones

Butter Pecan Gourmet Cupcake

Enjoy the sweet side of fall with melt-in-your-mouth butter pecan gourmet cupcakes. Because who doesn’t love a cupcake? They are great for any gathering, whether you are hosting or bringing them to share with others. The Spruce Eats has a tasty butter pecan gourmet cupcake recipe you can try at home.

butter pecan cupcake drizzled with icing and topped with pecans

Spiced Caramel Apple Cupcake

Of course, our gourmet Spiced Caramel Apple Cupcake is a memory-maker! These flavorful cupcakes will be a new favorite, featuring the perfect amount of fall spice. Sally’s Baking Addiction had a spiced caramel apple cupcake recipe you can try.

spiced caramel apple cupcake drizzled with caramel and topped with pecans

Pecan Pie

A Thanksgiving dessert table wouldn’t be complete without this classic fall dessert that’s a perfect combination of sweet and salty. Here’s a pecan pie recipe from Food Network you can try.

pecan pie

Pumpkin Pie

A decadent fall dessert list would not be complete without this traditional favorite. Not only is pumpkin pie rich, smooth and bursting with flavor, it’s the perfect way to end your Thanksgiving feast. Learn how to make pumpkin pie from Sally’s Baking Addiction.

pumpkin pie with dollop of whip cream and sprinkled with spice

Dutch Apple Pie

The Dutch apple pie is perfect for fall with its golden layer of streusel crumbs over tart apple filling. This American classic is sure to be a fall favorite. Learn how to make a Dutch apple pie from Taste of Home.

dutch apple pie topped with crumbled streusel

We’re always here to make your life delicious (and easier!).  Click here to pre-order fall desserts or call our team at 910-346-2347 to place an order by phone.  Happy Fall!

Trending Wedding Colors

Each season has its own unique mood and favorite colors.  Here are trending wedding colors by season.

Spring: Peach & Mauve

This unique spring color combination adds warmth and brightness without being loud. Softened shades look great on anyone and are easy to replicate in floral bouquets.

You can create drama and dimension in your wedding palette by using splashes of coral or slightly darker versions of peach.

Who knew the marriage of peach and mauve would be so beautiful in spring?


Summer: Coral & Lemon

If you’re worried about choosing colors that might clash, coral and lemon pair together beautifully! Coral comes in many shades, so it’s easy to create a varied look throughout your wedding.

Yellow accents provide pops of color to round out the color scheme. These colors can be used in almost every element of your big day (invitations, dresses, flowers, table decorations, cake, food, etc.) Bold, warm and refreshing… coral and lemon make a splash as summer favorites.


Fall: Sunset Colors

Why settle for one or two colors when you can have them all? Greens, peaches, tans, oranges, yellows and creams all blend well together. Rather than just the traditional bright colors of fall, these muted tones and shades are more sophisticated.

Adding natural fibers and elements like burlap and twine provide a rustic, earthy look.  Adding gold and lights will lift a reception event with a greater sense of elegance.


Winter: Dusty Blue & Silver

This color palette is dreamy and romantic, while keeping an air of sophistication and refinement. You can mix and match bridesmaid dresses with different shades of blue, while groomsmen will be complimentary in gray.

Adding pops of muted sage will create dimension and reference the greenery of the winter season. You can let these colors stand out in big ways (invitations, statement centerpieces, grand flower arches, etc.) without them being overwhelming.



15 Ways to Celebrate Friendship

National Friendship Day is coming up on August 4th, 2019, so get ready to have some fun with your friends! We put together a list of ideas to get you started. You can do just one, all, or create your own list. How will you celebrate friendship?


  1. Host a Dinner Party

Everyone loves food, so invite all your friends over for a potluck dinner. Enjoy trying new foods and learning each other’s favorite dishes.

  1. Share a Sweet Dessert

No dinner would be complete without a delicious sweet treat. ADC has the perfect desserts to round out your meal. Check them out here!

  1. Host a Game Night

Board games can make you laugh, bring out your competitive side and give you an opportunity to bond. Get to know your friends in a casual environment where everyone can let loose and have fun.

  1. Write a Letter or Card

Can’t celebrate with your best friend in person? Write them a heartfelt letter or card just to let them know how much they mean to you!

  1. Take Some Photos

Commemorate this special day by taking some photos. Time spent with friends is special and photos will help you look back on the wonderful memories.

  1. Make a Bucket List

Create a list of fun activities that you and your friends want to do this year. Take time each month to get together and cross items off your list.

  1. Volunteer Together

Helping others is a really great way to provide a sense of purpose, feel connected and relieve stress. Whether your tasks are big or small, giving back can make a difference in your community.

  1. Learn a New Skill

Ever wanted to try something new, but didn’t want to do it alone? Grab a friend or two and step outside your comfort zone. Just be sure you stay safe and have a good time!

  1. Have a Movie Marathon

Sometimes great friendships don’t need a lot of bells and whistles. Grab some snacks, hang out on the couch, and enjoy the company while you watch a few of your favorite movies.

  1. Get Outside

Take advantage of the beautiful weather and go discover what the great outdoors has to offer. You can go on a hike, eat a picnic lunch, swim at the beach, walk your dogs, go fishing or even explore a local cave!

  1. DIY Craft

See how good you are with your hands and create a unique gift that you and your friends can exchange and keep forever. Here are some ideas to get you started:  friendship bracelets, picture frames, coasters, sugar scrubs, bath bombs, succulent gardens, keychains, stress balls, flower wreath, photo puzzles and much more.

  1. Share Your Dreams

If you can’t share your dreams with your BFF, who can you tell? Celebrate your successes and lift each other up when you are doubtful. Remind each other to always strive to do your best and never give up.

  1. Sing Karaoke

Karaoke is a great way to let loose and forget about life’s worries. Whether you go out to your favorite bar or hang back at home, hopefully you can work up the nerve to sing!

  1. Make a Phone Call

You don’t have to make a grand gesture to let your friend know you care. Give them a call just to say hi and catch up on what’s going on in their life. Communicating with each other, even if it is just over the phone, can strengthen your bond and emotional connections.

  1. Send a Box of Sunshine

Receiving a gift in the mail is always exciting, so send your friend a box of sunshine to brighten their day! Include several items that are yellow or have yellow packaging (candy, chapstick, chips and other snacks, herbal tea, soap, bath bomb, loofah, notepad, pen/pencils, back massager, gum, lotion, socks, stress ball, sunglasses, etc.)

4 Refreshing Summer Desserts

Nothing says summer quite like a good old-fashioned cookout. Whether you’re swimming with friends at the beach or catching up with family at your annual reunion, food brings people together. Occasions like this elicit happiness and create lasting memories. Spending time with the ones you love is all about having fun, making connections, and sharing with others. So let’s share dessert!

Let’s face it, we all look forward to the end of the meal. Quintessential grilled summer foods like hamburgers, corn on the cob, and potatoes are great…but the one thing that makes everyone’s mouth water the most is dessert. If you’re looking for that grand finale, that perfect sweet treat to finish your meal, we’ve got you covered!

After spending all day in the sun and eating a hot meal, you’re going to need something to bring those temps down. Here are some of our favorite in-season desserts to help keep everyone cool and refreshed.*


Our gourmet cupcakes come in dozens of flavors, but these three are sure to excite your taste buds. The Tropical Toasted Coconut, Strawberry Shortcake and Peach Cobbler cupcakes are so good, you might even eat two! Check out our other cupcake flavors here.


Our frozen cheesecake pops will keep you extra cool in the summer heat. A slice of classic creamy cheesecake with graham cracker crust is dipped in sweet chocolate to create the perfect chilled treat.


Our fresh fruit tarts (small and large*) are just as refreshing as they are stimulating to eat! Ripe berries are layered on top of a creamy custard and crumbly crust, creating the perfect blend of textures all in one bite.


Our NY style cheesecake* is a creamy, dreamy dessert that is sure to please a crowd. You can get them plain, or with your choice of toppings (such as strawberries and chocolate). Let your taste buds be your guide!



*This item is custom made, so please place your order 24-48 hours in advance to ensure your sweet treats are ready when you arrive!