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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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!!!

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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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