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Ready, Set, Let's Picnic! Chateau Sew & Sew's Guide to Picnics Nola-Style

For those of you who think picnics are a strictly May through August affair, think again! When it comes to picnicking, September has summer beat! The temperature is nicer, the humidity is lower, and the mosquitoes are fewer and far between. 

With our abundance of parks and green spaces, and world-renowned cuisine available to-go, New Orleans is the perfect place to picnic! 

Are you ready to picnic Big Easy Style? Then read on for our favorite places to load up your baskets and pop squat for a long, lazy afternoon breaking bread with friends and family:

As self-proclaimed picnic connoisseurs, we love the look and functionality of Sallie Tomato's Hudson, Tripper, and Backyard Caddie bags in Cotton & Steel's newest canvas fabric collection, On a Spring Day, for packing the perfect picnic:

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Following are a few of our favorite spots to cop a squat and the food to go with it! 

Audubon Park — for more than a century, locals and visitors alike have flocked to this urban oasis replete with ancient live oaks, a lagoon teeming with all manner of wildlife, and picturesque picnic spots galore. Grab sandwiches, salads, and sides from the aptly named restaurant, Picnic Provisions, located just down the street. 

Coliseum Square Park — this three-acre park nestled in the Lower Garden District dates back to 1806 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, you're bound to find locals enjoying to-go from nearby Stein's Deli or HiVolt while listening to live music in the shade of water oaks.  

The Fly — hidden on the levee behind Audubon Zoo, this stretch of green overlooks the mighty Mississippi. It's the perfect spot to boil crawfish, bbq burgers, or chow down on classic Nola Po-Boys from Domilise while you watch the sun go down over the river. 

City Park — you'll need a day or more to explore everything City Park has to offer, but you'll have no trouble finding a picnic spot underneath a giant oak tree or along the lake. Plan to pick up bbq from nearby Blue Oak BBQ or delish eats from Dickie Brennan's newest restaurant, Acorn, located right inside the park itself. 

Crescent Park — with some of New Orleans' best views of downtown Nola and the Mississippi River, pick up a slice (or three) from Pizza Delicious or something slightly healthier, but no less yummy, from Satsuma, and settle in for a fun afternoon of people watching and boat spotting. 

Magnolia Bridge/Bayou St. Johnstart at Parkway Tavern for arguably one of the best Po-Boys in town, then make your way over to the bayou to soak up some sun. Walk off lunch by strolling along the water, making sure to stop at the iconic Magnolia Bridge.
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