When our oldest daughter Jenny got married, her husband's family had a reception in Oregon at their home for the newlyweds. Jake's aunts (called "the Sistahs") did all of the food. It was amazing! My favorite thing was the vegetable tray. Oh my goodness! It was SO beautiful! It totally changed my way of looking at a vegetable platter. I have made it for 4 or 5 parties and it is always has a big WOW factor. The colors of these beautiful vegetables are so beautiful together.
These two pictures are of the finished basket. I took the lower picture before we took it to the gathering, so I hadn't put the dip in the cabbage yet, but the lighting was better. You can see all of the different vegetables we put in: carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, yellow and red cherry tomatoes, english cucumbers, green onions, red/orange/yellow peppers, radishes, and a purple cabbage dip bowl - all on a bed of kale. (the "Sistahs" also put blanched asparagus on theirs and it was delicious - but it was a little expensive right now)
This picture shows the basket (I line it with plastic wrap first) with the kale arranged to cover the bottom. It took about 3 bunches of kale to do this basket- which is a large basket. In the center is a small purple cabbage that we scooped the center out of to make a bowl to put the dip in. (you can cut the bottom of it to make it sit flat if needed)
We found that an ice cream scoop works wells to scoop out the cabbage.