15 Trader Joe's Hacks to Make Party Planning a Breeze

Between cooking, cleaning, and keeping your sanity, party planning can be a ton of work. We've rounded up 15 of Trader Joe's biggest crowd-pleasers that are sure to make your next gathering the talk of the town for all the right reasons.

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Key Lime Pie

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It's no secret that pies are a fan favorite, but between rolling the crust and making the filling, they can be a big time-consumer. However, this Trader Joe's Key Lime Pie can be found in the freezer aisle -- just throw it in the fridge a few hours before dessert time, and you've got a perfect post-dinner delight!

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Two-Buck Chuck

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Trader Joe's Charles Shaw wine (aka Two-Buck Chuck) used to sell for $1.99 per bottle. While it's now priced closer to three bucks at $2.99, these wines have received praise for their pleasant taste at such a low cost. If you're not looking to break the bank on alcohol, stock up on this fantastic choice for your next party.

Spinach & Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

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Not only can you slide them in the oven an hour before your company comes, Trader Joe's Spinach & Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms are a mere 60 calories for two mushrooms. If you're looking for an hors d'oeuvre that won't carb-load your stomach, this is a perfect option!

Bacon-Wrapped Scallops

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Want a gorgeous appetizer with minimal effort? Trader Joe's Scallops Wrapped in Uncured Bacon will have your guests giving your party five stars. And for the cherry on top of an already-sweet dish: the skewers are included!

Hot & Spicy Chicken Wings

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Whether you're hosting Monday night football or just looking for a simple finger food that everyone can enjoy, Trader Joe's Hot & Spicy Chicken Wings are a definite win no matter the occasion.

Mini Cinnamon Sugar Churros

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Trader Joe's Mini Cinnamon Sugar Churros definitely change the churro game. After 6 minutes in the oven, roll them in the included packet of cinnamon-sugar and just try not to eat all 40 in one sitting.

Party Size Mini Meatballs

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Meatballs are a must-have at any get-together, and Trader Joe's Party Size Mini Meatballs are a simple and inexpensive way to keep your guests coming back for more. Dress them up with a sauce of your choice, and prepare yourself for the influx of compliments.

Spinach & Kale Greek Yogurt Dip

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No matter the occasion, dips are vital to a successful party. With 50 percent less fat and calories than its typical sour cream-base spinach dip, Trader Joe's Spinach & Kale Greek Yogurt Dip can be served with chips, crackers, vegetables, or spread on sandwiches for a classic staple on your refreshments table.

Cookie Butter Cheesecake Bites

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It's hard to go wrong with a cheesecake, but it's even harder to wrong with a cheesecake covered in Trader Joe's signature cookie butter. These Cookie Butter Cheesecake Bites are absolutely delectable -- good luck sticking with just a few.

Alsatian Style Onion Tart

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For a more unique side dish, Trader Joe's Alsatian Style Onion Tart should be at the top of your grocery list. The layer of carmelized onions atop a buttery, flaky crust will warm the heart and the stomach. If you're serving a crowd, cut the flaky tart into thinner slices for everyone to enjoy.

Bruschetta

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Bruschetta might be one of the easiest and most popular appetizers served at any gathering. Grab a jar of Italian-style Trader Giotto's Bruschetta and serve with a plate of baguette slices!

Macarons

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While delicious, macarons can be a tricky party treat because of the complex preparation that goes into making them. Trader Joe's A Dozen Macarons Varies solves that issue by going straight from the freezer to your plate. Your friends won't even know they're store-bought!

Jumbo Cinnamon Rolls

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Need a tasty addition to your brunch party? Trader Joe's Jumbo Cinnamon Rolls come in simple tube packaging, so you don't have to do any mixing on your own. Brunch has never been easier.

Seafood Potstickers

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These savory Sriracha Seafood Potstickers with Shrimp & Crab will impress your guests' taste buds and look absolutely gorgeous doing so. Pop them in the microwave or cook them in a pan, and you'll have a fantastic complement to your refreshment table.

Vanilla Eclairs

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These custard-filled, chocolate-topped Trader Joe's Vanilla Eclairs with Chocolate Fondant will take you no time at all. The pastries are fully cooked and frozen, so pull them out to thaw and you've got yourself a crowd-pleaser!

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