Great drinks, a comfy couch, the perfect TV setup: all these things can make a party good. But what
really makes it memorable? The snacks. Once the guests arrive, however, we'd much rather be kicking back with a drink in hand, than stuck plating apps in the kitchen. So what's a lazy party host to do?
Enter Trader Joe's, grand purveyor of frozen foods, dips, and treats that can make you look like the VIP of any evening rendezvous — without breaking the bank, of course. With instructions pretty much limited to "heat and serve," you can impress your crew with minimal effort and serious flavor.
So click through to see our favorite Trader Joe's picks for all your lazy soirée needs (just don't forget our invite!).
Bacon Cheddar Ranch Dip This sour cream and ranch-based dip is packed with shredded cheddar cheese and crispy bits of applewood smoked bacon.
Crunchy Curls This curly, salty, and puffed up snack crisp tastes like a healthier version of Bugles.
Fruit & Nut & Other Stuff Crisps Serve these sweet crackers (packed with almonds, flaxseeds, poppy seeds, dried apricots, cherries, cranberries, and orange oil) with a savory spread for an umami party punch.
Beef Tenderloin Bites Be fancy on a budget and serve up these savory beef tenderloin bites at your next cocktail gathering.
Artichoke Jalapeño Dip Made with a blend of Neufchâtel cream cheese, plain Greek yogurt, artichokes, jalapeño peppers, Jack cheese, and garlic — all this seriously savory dip needs now is a chip...or a spoon.
Scalloped Cracker Trio Take your so-so cheese spread up a fancy-notch with these scalloped crackers flavored with rosemary, red chili, and garlic.
Cornbread Crisps Serve up your next dip bowl with some sweet and savory cornbread in crunchy crisp form.
Uncured Applewood Smoked Salami Complete your fancy charcuterie spread with this gourmet-grade, cheap TJ's salami.
Organic White Truffle Potato Chips Nothing says party snack like a sophisticated potato chip — this bag is seasoned with a French white truffle and fleur de sel blend.
Sublime Ice Cream Sandwiches Chocolate chip cookies sandwiching a dollop of creamy vanilla ice cream that's been rolled in more mini, semi-sweet morsels — but with sublime already in the title, need we even say more?
Mango & Sticky Rice Spring Rolls Creamy coconut milk-soaked rice and sweet mango slices are lovingly stuffed inside these golden crispy rolls for party app perfection.
Peanut Butter Pretzels TJ's PB Pretzels are a customer and crew cult favorite — so presenting a bowl-full at your next party is a foolproof move.
Hold the Cone! No need to bake a cake — just pass out these mini, vanilla ice cream-filled, and chocolate-coated cones to your party guests.
Bruschetta Sauce Trader Joe's pre-made bruschetta sauce with Roma tomatoes, olive oil, basil, and garlic is one toasted and sliced baguette away from party app success.
Roasted Tomatillo & Mango Salsa
We're already here for TJ's OG
Hatch Valley Salsa
, so this roasted tomatillo and mango take falls right in our favorites' line.
Organic Longboard Tortilla Chips TJ's Longboard chips are the ideal salty party vessels for dunking and dipping.
Puff Dogs Pigs in a blanket meet hot dog in this brilliant TJ's hybrid that is changing the appetizer for dinner game as we know it.
Caramel Ginger Popcorn Spice up your party with this sweet and tangy popcorn.
Organic Kettle Style Potato Chips Although simple, never underestimate the snacking power of a classic kettle chip.
Mini Brie Bites Who needs party favors when you can bless your guests with their own individual mini brie bites?
Organic Jalapeño Limeade We'll be blending this spicy limeade withe a dose of ice and tequila all summer long.
Scandinavian Swimmers Pop these gummies into a party bowl and watch them swim away before your eye.
Josephsbrau Radler 6-Pack TJ's refreshing take on a summer shandy.
Vegetable Spring Rolls
Serve these crispy veggie spring rolls with a side of
TJ's Sweet Chili Sauce
Artichoke & Jalapeño Dip Take party classic artichoke dip up a notch with this spicy jalapeño variation.
Shrimp Or Tofu Spring Rolls Grab a few packs of TJ's pre-made spring rolls with peanut sauce and you've call your appetizer spread covered.
Coconut Cashews When coco-nuts meet cashew-nuts.
Honey Wheat Pretzel Sticks These pretzel sticks are the ideal blend of salty-sweetness — we'd recommend dunking them in some TJ's Pub cheese.
Chocolatey Cats Cookies Like animal crackers, but chocolatey — and cats. Sandwich some peanut butter in between and enjoy!
Cinnamon Apple Snack Sticks We'll be lining up a plate full of these sweet snack sticks with a jar of TJ's apple butter in the center.
Cold Brew Latte Dessert Bars Sure, you could drink your cold brew latte — OR you could eat it in popsicle form.
Wild Caught Crab Meat (With Nothing Added) Kick things up a notch and add this fresh-frozen blue crab meat to your basic buffalo dip.
Kettle Popped Popcorn Chips Love chips just as much as you love popcorn? Now you can have both, in one crispy-poppy disc.
Sharp Cheddar Pub Cheese Tbh, this is very similar to cheese whiz — but more sophisticated. Pro tip: Throw it in the microwave for 20 seconds and enjoy with tortilla chips.
Honey Walnut Shrimp Jumbo shrimp with a light and crispy fried shell AND some crunchy candied walnuts to boot — we've died and gone to pre-made appetizer heaven.
Quadruple Almond Butter Cookies Pieces, flour, flavor, AND oil — you know what they say: "Quadruple the almonds for quadruple the fun".
Milk Chocolate Virginia Peanuts Don't let anyone fool you into thinking that chocolate-covered almonds are where it's at — these dry roasted and salted VA peanuts reign snack supreme.
Hot & Spicy Chicken Wings No need to order out on game day — just stock up on TJ's hot and spicy chicken wings for a fast and savory app.
Breaded Mozzerella Cheese Sticks A throwback to cafeteria days, these mozz-sticks are pure cheesy goodness.
Hot & Sweet Jalapeños The sweet and spicy combo of these delectable jalapeños is the ideal compliment to just about any savory appetizer (we're thinking loaded nachos or buffalo chicken dip).
Italian Bigonda Cheese With Herbs This flavorful Italian cheese is just what your bland table water crackers are missing.
Tribunal Red Wine Serve this Sonoma County steal (at $9.99 a bottle) during your upcoming holiday tribunals.
Ghost Pepper Potato Chips Bring some heat to your next get together with these ruffled chips — for true spice-lovers only.
Marcona Almonds With Rosemary Party trick: pour these into a bowl and watch them disappear.
Hatch Valley Salsa We'll be dipping and pouring this New Mexican chile sauce on repeat.
Tonic Water These cans are naturally flavored with just a hint of lime juice — perfect for your G&Ts.
Veggie & Flaxseed Tortilla Chips Who needs veggie-sticks at a party when you can snack on these?
Mini Cinnamon Sugar Churros Drizzle with some melted chocolate and powdered sugar — your guests (and your conscience) will thank you.
White Cheddar Corn Puffs TJ's take on Pirate's Booty? We're buying it.
Chipotle Black Bean Dip This dip is not messing around with just three, flavor-packed ingredients — pureed black beans, chipotle chiles, and adobo sauce.
Sweet Plantain Chips We'll be munching on these Columbian plantain chips morning, noon, and night.
Cave Aged Blue Cheese Every party needs a fancy (yet affordable) wedge of blue cheese.
English Ale Cheddar Cheese With Mustard Pair this cheddar with your favorite bottles of ale.
Cilantro & Jalapeño Hummus This hummus packs some major flavor.
Pretzel Slims When you're feeling like a pretzel but ALSO in the mood for a chip — these have you covered.
Dark Chocolate Covered Caramels You won't be able to eat just one of these decadent treats.
Raisin Rosemary Crisps These fancy looking and tasty crackers may be just perfect for any cheeses or spreads you'll be serving.
Unexpected Cheddar Even cheddar cheese can be improved.
Ode To The Classic Potato Chip You can't go wrong with this snacking staple.
Brewed Ginger Beer Sweet, citrusy, and spicy. Sip it all by itself or mix it into a cocktail.
Chocolate Coconut Almonds Like a candy bar's more social older sibling.
Vanilla Meringues Simple doesn't have to mean boring.
5 Cheese Greek Spiral This classic Greek pie is like cheese and crackers, all in one delicious package.
Sriracha Seafood Potstickers After you try these, you might have to have a talk with your go-to Chinese delivery spot about seeing other people.
Brownie Crisp If you purposefully bake your brownies until they're well-done, this is the perfect snack for you.
Chocolatey Coated Chocolate Chip Dunkers Leave it to Trader Joe's to solve the age-old problem of cookies that are too big to fit in your cup of milk.
Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed With Goat Cheese Proof that frozen can also be fancy-schmancy.
Party Size Mini Meatballs
These taste good in just about whatever sauce you grab to go with 'em, but we love the
Sweet Chili Sauce
Parmesan Pastry Pups Who knew pigs in a blanket could be so elegant?
Creamy Spinach & Artichoke Dip Serve with pita chips, promptly watch it disappear.
Caramelized Onion Dip Sweet and savory caramelized onions upgrade the typical onion dip for an app that is perfect with veggies or chips.
Spinach Sour Cream Dip There's spinach in there, so it's practically a salad...right?
Sriracha Potato Chips Leave it to TJ's to bring us not just any Sriracha chips, but waffle-cut Sriracha chips.
Speculoos Cookie Butter Cheesecake Bites If you want to provide dessert at your next party, it's hard to top cheesecake bites made with Trader Joe's highly coveted cookie butter.
Cowboy Caviar Serve with tortilla chips, sit back, receive compliments.
Sriracha Hummus We're already slathering hummus or Sriracha everything, so putting them together? Genius.
Alsatian Style Onion Tart It's not delivery, it's not DiGiorno, it's a tarte à l'oignon. This French twist on the familiar pizza makes even the most typical party spread look fancy.
Breaded Chicken Breast Nuggets Bonus: This beloved finger food is also gluten-free.
Spinach & Kale Greek Yogurt Dip This spinach dip subs in yogurt for heavy sour cream, making for a lighter version of the app staple.
Mac & Cheese Bites Cheesy, carb-tastic macaroni and cheese would be perfect party snacking food — if only it didn't require a fork. Oh, wait...
Chicken Quesadillas These quesadillas, stuffed with peppers, corn, and cheese, are perfect as a starter or main course, depending on party and appetite size.
Milk Chocolate Covered Mini Pretzels No judgement if you forgo displaying these in a bowl and just eat them straight from the bag.
Portobello Mushroom Fries Earthy, meaty, and totally veg-friendly.
Feta Cheese Spread You'll wonder how your cheese plate ever did without it.