Golden Gourds Place Settings and Centerpiece

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By The Paula Deen Test Kitchen

We love using autumn squash and gourds to create inexpensive holiday centerpieces. This year we tried spray-painting them a lovely gold finish to take them to the next level.  The rich metallic hue created an ideal centerpiece for the holidays. It’s almost too simple! 

Follow along to create your own unique place setting.

imageStep 1You will need craft paper to protect your work surface and a metallic spray paint. Purchase gourds of varying sizes and shapes for the most interest and appeal. Wash and dry them well.

imageStep 2 Evenly spray the gourds with a coat of spray paint. Allow the gourds dry for 1-2 hours then spray the other side or any spots that you might have missed. Allow to completely dry.

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Paula, Your strength and grace are an inspiration. You are surrounded by love. Take care.

By Christopher on November 19, 2013

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I recently purchased your Porcelain Nonstick Gourmet Cookware set, and I truly love it. The cleaning is great. It still looks like new after two months. Thanks!

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Like your recipes a lot

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I have loved Paula for years. She is the first tv chef I watched. She got me to try new things for My family. Now we are raising grandchildren and cook together. Thank you. Love Joanie

By Joan ADAMS on November 08, 2013

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This will be the first year in a long time, I won't be serving your Smithfield honey ham!! It was always such a hit.... They'd say this is the best ham, did you make it,??? Yes ma ammmm , then my daughter would come behind me and say Paula Deen!!!

By jean on November 08, 2013

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These Holiday ideas are the best. The receipes are also great. Love you

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By CRISTINA MARTINEZ AVILA on November 17, 2012

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I have also used art glitter on my gourds and they make a gorgeous centerpiece.

By Anonymous on November 16, 2012

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Hi Paula, Have a great Thanksgiving! Bill and I will be in Texas.... Sure like all your "hints" for good cookin... God Bless, Lynn and Bill Sasser

By Lynn Sasser on November 16, 2012

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hi! wink i was wondering if you could share the recipe for the chiken/grape salad-the one that is pictured on the croissant above? thanks! wink sandra
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in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 8:22 am

I WISH I COULD COOK. COULD I COME WORK FOR JUST ROOM AND BOARD AT YOUR NEW RESTURAUNT IN PIGEON FORGE FOR THE SUMMER? I WENT TO COLLEGE NOT FAR FROM THERE - HIWASSEE COLLEGE. YOU WOULDN'T HAVE TO PAY ME, I WOULD WORK FOR FREE JUST FOR THE EXPERIENCE. TAMMY LEVAN 19 SPENCER WAY KINGS PARK, NY 11754 HAPPY EASTER! CHRIST IS RISEN!
TAMMY L LEVAN in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 4:31 am

Hi Bubbles, You have some great tips. Can't wait to read your other blogs! Please give Aunt Peggy a big hug from me and here is one for you! (((HUGS))) See you in May!
Jaci Pardun in 10 Quick Household Tips on April 18, 2014 at 11:05 pm

Paula, I am glad to know that I am not the only person who makes Easter Baskets for their adult children and mail them across the United States. My Daughter lives in Long Beach, CA and I not only sent her a basket but her husband and my granddaughter Reese. We also buy special Russel Stover Bunnies for each child too. My husband has the list in his phone... Sara .. Cookies 'n Crème.... Sidney and Stephen.. Peanut Butter Etc. It one of my favorite things to do for my kids.. no matter how old they get. And passing it along to my Grandchildren. It's even more special to me knowing we share a family tradition. Blessings and Happy Easter!!
Sharon Cason-Card in A Basketful of Traditions on April 18, 2014 at 11:03 pm