2 kinds of cold salads. Each displayed in a large picnic basket that I collected from yard sales over the summer. We served pasta salad and a southwestern style roasted corn and black bean salad. I served these in individual serving containers purchased from the dollar store. Yes, I threw them away after. Keep them if you choose but I took the path of least resistance so I could actually enjoy this party with our guests.
like the idea, i would pick a different basket though. Nail this basket to the wall for a place to store hand towels in our downstairs half bath. The baskets handle is used to hang the towels for guests to dry their hands.