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.
This incredible brie always makes it onto my cheese plate. It is so decadent and guests always find it irresistible.
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
You’d be shocked that after defrosting, the French macarons look and taste like they came from a fancy bakery.
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.
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.
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.
TJ’s has really good stone ground wheat thins (my favorite cracker on the planet).
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.
Anytime someone throws Trader Joe’s syrah-soaked cheese on their cheeseboard, I’m such a happy person.
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.
The mac and cheese bites are dangerously awesome for a casual get together.
I’m a huge fan of the white bean hummus. I could easily eat a whole pint of it myself.
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.
The white cheddar popcorn is amazing!! With Chardonnay, it’s the perfect pairing.