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Entertaining Idea of the Day: Basket Case

This post was written by guest contributor Jenny McCoy, an authority on baking and pastry who has created dessert menus for Tom Colicchio’s Craft and Emeril Lagasse’s New Orleans restaurants. Her cookbook, Jenny McCoy’s Desserts for Every Season, will be published this September by Rizzoli. Look for her posts all month on our blog.
Spring has finally arrived! In my Brooklyn neighborhood, we’ve seen a few days warm enough to make the dogwood, cherry blossom, and magnolias trees bloom galore. I officially declare it time for picnics in the park! And to kick things off, I need a new picnic basket.
(Oregon myrtlewood and copper picnic basket: $295)Should I go classic with this leather-handled, woven wood basket? It’s sure to be sturdy, and the copper detail is quite nice.
(Wood Grain Metal Picnic Basket: $32)Or perhaps a less expensive, but just as chic, wood grain–styled vintage tin carryall? Spending my extra dough on a bottle of champagne never hurt.

(Springtime picnic basket and table by Bloon Design)Then again, I could go all-out and don my bicycle with designer Jeriël Bobbe’s ubercool picnic basket–turned-table. It is springtime, after all…

What’s your favorite basket? Or better yet, what’s your favorite item to pack?

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