Dec
27
2010

Freshen up your pillows each season in only 30 minutes

One of the biggest requests Duvall decor has is how to customize everyday objects such as vases and pillows for each event.  This is a fun way to take your existing décor and spice it up for different seasons and holidays.  We decided on a star pillow but this can be done with just about anything!  Let your imagination take the lead!

What you will need:

- 2/3 yd of fabric

- Scissors

- Fabric glue or Hot Glue & Gun

- Fun Festive Button

- 2 in of Velcro

- 14 to 18 in pillow with cover

How – To:

1. Pick out fabric that will be sturdy and has great texture to accent your pillow (felt, corduroy, velvet, etc.)

2. Cut out your shapes (we chose five point stars): 2 large, 2 medium and 1 small.

3. Glue the stars on top of each other in order of size.  Starting with the largest and rotating with each new layer.  Let dry.

4.  Glue (or for those who are crafty – sew) the button onto the middle of your glued stars.

5. Place a small piece of stick on Velcro to the pillow and on the star.  Use Velcro to adhere the start to the pillow and switch out with new creations!

To show step by step how easy this is, we even took pictures of the process:






For more inspiration, here are some other styles we love!
- Poinsettia pillows from Centsational Girl
- Felt flowers pillows from The Purl Bee

Dec
21
2010

Please Pass the Crab Cakes

Last week, the Duvall catering staff was preparing for our exciting and very busy weekend. How busy you may ask?  To give you an idea: the catering staff made a whopping 3,600 crab cakes! Chef Mike spent his whole day preparing these and making sure they were ready to go for our events.

Here is a little behind the scenes snapshot for you, by the numbers:

6: the number of extra hands Duvall had to bring on to help for the weekend

8: the number of events we have between Friday and Sunday

11: the average number of hours each Chef spent in the kitchen

3,600: the number of crab cakes Duvall Chefs made

We had a great weekend with each of our events and are proud to put the Duvall name on these efforts. But for right now, please pass the crab cakes – because they were good.