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

Every great party starts with great food, but you don't have to spend hours preparing it. We've rounded up 15 of Trader Joe's biggest crowd-pleasers that are sure to make your next big bash the talk of the town.

Two-Buck Chuck

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Trader Joe's Charles Shaw wine (nicknamed Two-Buck Chuck) used to sell for $1.99 per bottle. While it's now priced closer to three dollars, these wines have received praise for their great taste at such a low cost. If you're not looking to break the bank on alcohol, grab several bottles for your next party.

Trader Joe's Charles Shaw Wines

Use our Wine Guide to pick the perfect wine.

Chips and Salsa

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Chips and salsa is a basic party food staple that works for any kind of gathering. Trader Joe's offers a wide variety of specialty salsas that party guests will love. Set out a container of salsa and a bag of chips for a casual party snack, or add the salsa to a baked nacho dish for a more upscale appetizer.

Trader Joe's Extra Hot Habanero Ghost Pepper Salsa 

Fresh Flowers

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Trader Joe's is your one-stop shop for party preparation. It's a no-brainer for all your party food needs, but did you know one of their best deals is actually hiding in the floral section? Trader Joe's is known for their great deals on gorgeous fresh flowers. Grab a few seasonal bouquets, pop them in a vase, and your decorating is done! 

Trader Joe's Double Dozen Tulips 

Get our best flower arranging tips. 

Frosted Sugar Cookies

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Delicious sugar cookies are always a favorite – pick up a container for your next party! Whether you're having friends over for a casual game night, or throwing an elaborate birthday party, cookies are always appropriate. 

Trader Joe's Frosted Sugar Cookies

Mac & Cheese Bites

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Bake these bite-size macaroni snacks 20 minutes before the party and take them out when they are perfectly brown and slightly crispy. Guests will be raving about this easy appetizer long after the party ends.

Trader Joe's Mac & Cheese Bites with Hatch Valley Salsa

Bread and Olive Oil

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Serve an easy and elegant appetizer with an organic olive oil that features the rich flavors of Italy. Set out small platters, parmesan cheese, and a cut loaf of bread for an easy party food station that takes almost no time to set up. 

Trader Joe's Organic Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Sparkling Apple Juice

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Serve a delicious alternative to alcoholic drinks with this fun sparkling apple beverage. Serve them in their bright cans, or dress up the drink with fun glasses and garnishes.  

Trader Joe's Sparkling Pressed Apple Juice Beverage

Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookie

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Melted chocolate and cookie dough served with a few spoons – what's not to love? This deep dish cookie is everything you need for your next gathering, and it feeds up to 10 people. Pop it in the oven (a microwave works too!) until the frozen cookie turns into a gooey chocolatey treat. Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and pass out the spoons!

Trader Joe's Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookie

Cornbread Crisps

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Delicious dips are always a crowd favorite, but you'll need a good chip or cracker to serve with them. These cornbread crisps are just the right blend of sweet and salty, and go with just about everything. They're made from real cornbread (yum!) and topped off with a hint of sea salt. 

Trader Joe's Cornbread Crisps

Everything But the Bagel Dip

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You've probably heard of the Trader Joe's everything bagel spice mix that's taken the food world by a storm. It's great on breakfast foods and snacks, but adding it to a party dip is a total game changer. Mix the seasoning with sour cream or greek yogurt and top with chives for the ultimate party snack. 

Trader Joe's Everything But the Bagel Dip

Use the seasoning to make this delicious pizza, too. 

Zhoug Sauce

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If you've never heard of Zhoug, don't be intimidated – it really is the perfect party snack! Trader Joe's website describes it as a 'Middle Eastern pesto," and it's the perfect spicy snack. Serve it plain, or use it as a spicy topping for a traditional hummus. Add Zhoug to a platter of pita chips for a unique party food that is ready to serve in minutes! 

Trader Joe's Zhoug Sauce

Brownie Crisp Coffee Ice Cream Sandwiches

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Brownies, coffee, and ice cream – need we say more? These delicious ice cream sandwiches are perfect for an outdoor summer party, but we'll be eating them all year round! 

Trader Joe's Brownie Crisp Coffee Ice Cream Sandwiches

Wine in a Can

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Serve a non-traditional alcoholic beverage at your next bash. Wine in a can is the sensation that's taking the internet by a storm; pick up a case for your next gathering. Guests can grab a single serving of Simpler Wines in a sparkling peach flavor, and start sipping without fiddling with a wine opener. 

Trader Joe's Simpler Wines Peach

Roasted Seed Party Mix

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Trader Joe's excels at party mixes, and we're a big fan of this seed and bean medley. You can serve it directly out of the bag, or use this mix as a base, and add your own snack foods and seasonings. Everything in this party food is perfectly roasted to form a delicious crunchy mix your guests will keep coming back for. Plus, it makes party-prep a breeze! 

Trader Joe's Seed & Bean Medley

Hot 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. Just pop them in the microwave and serve with your favorite dressings!

Trader Joe's Hot & Spicy Wings with Chunky Blue Cheese


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