“There are few things so pleasant as a picnic eaten in perfect comfort” – W. Somerset Maugham. And while “perfect comfort” is hard to achieve in Texas heat – 105-degree heat indexes are no joke! – you can have an amazing picnic right here in Addison with just a few supplies. Load up a basket with food, drinks and a good book, bring a blanket to one of Addison’s many parks, and invite a friend to enjoy a nice, socially distanced meal with you. Although the last few months have been hard, you can still make the most of life by enjoying one of these classic summertime traditions. Keep reading for a few tips on packing a perfect picnic in town.
Bring the Perfect Accessories
First of all, a picnic basket is obviously essential. I love these adorable Wicker Picnic Basket from Anthropologie ($38). It is made with straw and fastened into a cute square shape. Open up the top of this handcrafted basket to fit in food, drinks and sunscreen for your adventure.
If you want something that will keep your food cold, go for the Picnic at Ascot Wine and Cheese Cooler Bagfrom Nordstrom ($59.95) instead. This cute navy bag has a shoulder strap for easy carrying, and it comes with two glasses, a wine stopper, two napkins, a cheese board, a cheese knife and a combination corkscrew for an impromptu date night.
When you get to the park, you won’t want to eat on the grass (ew!), so grab this colorful Kate Spade New York Rainbow Plaid Picnic Blanket from Neiman Marcus ($43). It is a pink-, white-, green- and purple-plaid pattern, with a polyester front and nylon backing. It rolls up with an elastic closure to keep it easy to carry around with you. If you are going to dine outside, then you might as well dine in style!
Finally, make sure to dress the part by wearing this cute Topshop Gingham Tie Shoulder Tank Top ($40). It is red-and-white gingham print with white tie straps. Wearing this will basically turn you into a picnic model, so why wouldn’t you? Complete the look with this amazing Pamela Munson Beatrix Straw Handbag ($350), which is a miniature picnic basket-looking purse. The woven basket has a smooth leather trim and a plaid lining to keep your wallet, phone and other essentials safe. Do it for the ‘gram, OK?
Pack the Perfect Food
Next on your checklist? Bring the right food. No picnic is complete without amazing food to chow down on. Ida Claire literally has a Perfect Picnic Box, which serves two for $25 or four for $50. This amazing comfort food contains bone-in chicken, pimento mac and cheese, large buttermilk biscuits and Richard’s rainwater. Yum! You can order this for curbside delivery, and then bring it with you to the picnic.
Feeling like burgers instead? You can either individually order burgers to-go at Hopdoddy Burger Bar, or you can order one of their meal kits. Go to a park with a grill and order this, which comes with fresh beef patties, secret burger seasoning, egg buns, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onion and Sassy Sauce to feed five. It also comes with Parmesan Truffle Fries ingredients for five (these need to be cooked at home beforehand), two bags of pretzels and Nutella dipping sauce.
Of course, sandwiches are a picnic date essential. Head to Kenny’s Italian Kitchen to grab an Italian Club to-go, which is made with Genoa salami, ham, pepperoni, provolone, lettuce, tomato, red onion and pesto; or a Grilled Chicken, made with basil pesto, provolone, arugula, tomato, red onion and mayo. Both are served with parmesan chips.
Go to the Perfect Park
Now that you have all your supplies, it’s time to visit the park. Addison has many amazing parks, whether you are looking for great trails, plenty of shade or lots of room to stretch out.
Addison Town Park at 3799 Sidney Drive is smaller, with plenty of shade and lots of tables, chairs and benches to eat at. Celestial Park at 5501 Celestial Road is beautiful, with lots of lawn space for spreading out a blanket and a nice walking path if you want to get some after-lunch exercise in. If you really want to make sure you find space that isn’t crowded, go to one of Addison’s bigger parks like Addison Circle Park at 4950 Addison Circle Drive or Vitruvian Park at 3966 Vitruvian Way. Both of these have tons of lawn space, table and chairs, walking trails, gorgeous fountains and other features, and restrooms. You will definitely be able to find a spot to sit away from everyone else.
Summer doesn’t look the same as it has in the past, and that’s OK. Make the most of it by taking a break from the stress of life and going on a fun picnic this week. You won’t regret it!