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10 Easy Pieces: Picnic Baskets

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10 Easy Pieces: Picnic Baskets

May 28, 2018

Why eat indoors for the next three months? Pack up lunch or dinner in a picnic basket.

Here are 10 favorite picnic baskets, many with plates, glasses, and cutlery included. No excuses for staying indoors.

An Outfitted Wooden Picnic Basket has &#8\2\20;chunky basketweave and sturdy leather handles&#8\2\2\1; and includes tableware for four (&#8\2\20;ceramic plates, wine glasses, cotton napkins, and wood-handled flatware, each set secured in its own wrap&#8\2\2\1;). Plus a cutting board and a corkscrew. It&#8\2\17;s \$\199.95 at Crate & Barrel.
Above: An Outfitted Wooden Picnic Basket has “chunky basketweave and sturdy leather handles” and includes tableware for four (“ceramic plates, wine glasses, cotton napkins, and wood-handled flatware, each set secured in its own wrap”). Plus a cutting board and a corkscrew. It’s $199.95 at Crate & Barrel.

With a woven willow frame and a removable lid made of composite wood that doubles as a tray, a Canasta Basket has a washable lining and measures \16.5 by \1\1.3 by 9.8 inches. It is \$55.95 at Picnic Time.
Above: With a woven willow frame and a removable lid made of composite wood that doubles as a tray, a Canasta Basket has a washable lining and measures 16.5 by 11.3 by 9.8 inches. It is $55.95 at Picnic Time.
A flat-lidded English Style Picnic Basket with a striped navy lining comes with &#8\2\20;lunch service for four—including plates, glasses, and flatware&#8\2\2\1; and is \$99 from Land&#8\2\17;s End.
Above: A flat-lidded English Style Picnic Basket with a striped navy lining comes with “lunch service for four—including plates, glasses, and flatware” and is $99 from Land’s End.
A Somerley Picnic Hamper with a striped blanket to match the basket&#8\2\17;s &#8\2\20;midnight blue and white striped lining&#8\2\2\1; comes with plates, glasses, and cutlery (plus salt and pepper shakers) to serve four; £99.99 from Amazon UK.
Above: A Somerley Picnic Hamper with a striped blanket to match the basket’s “midnight blue and white striped lining” comes with plates, glasses, and cutlery (plus salt and pepper shakers) to serve four; £99.99 from Amazon UK.
What is the &#8\2\20;filling&#8\2\2\1; in a Croft Collection Filled Picnic Hamper? The woven willow picnic basket comes four places settings—knives, forks, and dessert spoons—four glass tumblers and four napkins; \$\1\23.50 from John Lewis.
Above: What is the “filling” in a Croft Collection Filled Picnic Hamper? The woven willow picnic basket comes four places settings—knives, forks, and dessert spoons—four glass tumblers and four napkins; $123.50 from John Lewis.
A Leather-Handled Picnic Basket New England white ash by Peterboro Baskets comes with a serving tray that can be stored inside; \$69.95 at Crate & Barrel.
Above: A Leather-Handled Picnic Basket New England white ash by Peterboro Baskets comes with a serving tray that can be stored inside; $69.95 at Crate & Barrel.
A Somerset Picnic Basket with &#8\2\20;light tan leather straps and buckles&#8\2\2\1; is designed to fit four place settings (including four plates with a 7.4-inch diameter). It is £\145 at Somerset Willow.
Above: A Somerset Picnic Basket with “light tan leather straps and buckles” is designed to fit four place settings (including four plates with a 7.4-inch diameter). It is £145 at Somerset Willow.
Above: A one-of-a-kind Vintage 1940s Oak & Ash Picnic Basket has a bentwood handle and measures 16 inches long by 12 inches wide and 10 inches tall. It is $39 at Classic Camping via Etsy.
A suitcase-style woven Wicker Picnic Basket &#8\2\20;is thoughtfully designed for gracious outdoor dining&#8\2\2\1; with tableware to serve four, including porcelain plates and handblown wine glasses. With leather handles and a cotton corduroy lining, it is \$\279.96 at Williams Sonoma.
Above: A suitcase-style woven Wicker Picnic Basket “is thoughtfully designed for gracious outdoor dining” with tableware to serve four, including porcelain plates and handblown wine glasses. With leather handles and a cotton corduroy lining, it is $279.96 at Williams Sonoma.
From Peterboro Baskets and made of woven strips of white Appalachian ash, a classic Picnic Basket has a solid wooden lid and measures \18 inches long by \1\2 inches wide by \10 inches high; \$79 at Boston General Store.
Above: From Peterboro Baskets and made of woven strips of white Appalachian ash, a classic Picnic Basket has a solid wooden lid and measures 18 inches long by 12 inches wide by 10 inches high; $79 at Boston General Store.
To kick off the start of picnic season, see ideas for summer entertainment:

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Outdoor Entertaining & BBQ

Canasta Basket

$55.95 USD from Picnic Time

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