14 Trader Joe’s Party Staples For Busy Hosts


When it comes to hosting parties, we take a page out of Ina Garten’s book and supplement from-scratch items with store bought saviors. One of our favorite resources is Trader Joe’s; not only does the supermarket offer up a variety of creative, international options, but the prices also can’t be beat. Keep reading for 14 finds you need to try for yourself.

La Delice de Bourgogne ($5)

This incredible brie always makes it onto my cheese plate. It is so decadent and guests always find it irresistible.

Villa Italia Italian Blood Orange Soda ($3)

I am a huge fan of the Trader Joe’s beverage aisle for finding flavorful juices to use as cocktail mixers or in punch recipes. For punches that I make with gin or tequila, I’ll grab any of the sparking juices; the blood orange flavor is my favorite since it brings a more unusual flavor to cocktails

Frozen Macarons Variés ($5)

You’d be shocked that after defrosting, the French macarons look and taste like they came from a fancy bakery.

Steamed Lentils ($3) + Trader Giotto’s Fresh Bruschetta Sauce ($3)

In the ulimate TJ’s hack, I learned that combining a pack of the pre-cooked lentils into the packaged bruschetta mix makes the perfect dip for topping bread or snacking on with crackers. It’s zesty, bold, and rich, and it’s always a hit when I bring it out to share.

Reduced Guilt Spinach and Kale Greek Yogurt Dip ($4)

I am a huge fan of TJ’s Spinach & Kale Greek Yogurt Dip. It’s the perfect addition to any charcuterie spread. It’s so creamy and tastes totally decadent — exactly what you want from a party dip.

Pastry Bites With Feta Cheese and Caramelized Onions ($5)

The feta and caramelized onion bites are totally addicting. I’ve been known to eat so many of them before dinner that I can’t actually eat dinner.

Stone Ground Wheat Crackers ($2)

TJ’s has really good stone ground wheat thins (my favorite cracker on the planet).

Corn and Chile Tomato-Less Salsa ($3)

The corn chile salsa is divine. It’s good with chips, but if there’s a spoon within a 40-foot radius, that works, too.

Creamy Toscano Cheese Soaked in Syrah ($4)

Anytime someone throws Trader Joe’s syrah-soaked cheese on their cheeseboard, I’m such a happy person.

Roasted and Salted Marcona Almonds With Rosemary ($6)

Salty and perfectly-roasted, Trader Joe’s rosemary marcona almonds rival those sold at specialty food stores at a price that’s easier to swallow.

Mac and Cheese Bites ($4)

The mac and cheese bites are dangerously awesome for a casual get together.

White Bean and Basil Hummus ($4)

I’m a huge fan of the white bean hummus. I could easily eat a whole pint of it myself.

Thai Vegetable Gyoza ($4)

I love TJ’s potstickers, and they make a great appetizer choice for a party — especially since whipping up a batch from scratch can be a pretty time-consuming project. It’s also great that there’s a variety of meat and vegetarian options to choose from.

White Cheddar Popcorn ($2)

The white cheddar popcorn is amazing!! With Chardonnay, it’s the perfect pairing.

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