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!).
Caramel Ginger Popcorn Spice up your party with this sweet and tangy popcorn. More Organic Kettle Style Potato Chips Although simple, never underestimate the snacking power of a classic kettle chip. More Mini Brie Bites Who needs party favors when you can bless your guests with their own individual mini brie bites? More Organic Jalapeño Limeade We'll be blending this spicy limeade withe a dose of ice and tequila all summer long. More Scandinavian Swimmers Pop these gummies into a party bowl and watch them swim away before your eye. More Josephsbrau Radler 6-Pack TJ's refreshing take on a summer shandy. More Vegetable Spring Rolls Serve these crispy veggie spring rolls with a side of TJ's Sweet Chili Sauce for dipping. More Artichoke & Jalapeño Dip Take party classic artichoke dip up a notch with this spicy jalapeño variation. More 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. More Coconut Cashews When coco-nuts meet cashew-nuts. More 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. More Chocolatey Cats Cookies Like animal crackers, but chocolatey — and cats. Sandwich some peanut butter in between and enjoy! More 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. More Cold Brew Latte Dessert Bars Sure, you could drink your cold brew latte — OR you could eat it in popsicle form. More
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.
More 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. More 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. More Quadruple Almond Butter Cookies Pieces, flour, flavor, AND oil — you know what they say: "Quadruple the almonds for quadruple the fun". More 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. More 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. More Breaded Mozzerella Cheese Sticks A throwback to cafeteria days, these mozz-sticks are pure cheesy goodness. More 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). More Italian Bigonda Cheese With Herbs This flavorful Italian cheese is just what your bland table water crackers are missing. More Tribunal Red Wine Serve this Sonoma County steal (at $9.99 a bottle) during your upcoming holiday tribunals. More Ghost Pepper Potato Chips Bring some heat to your next get together with these ruffled chips — for true spice-lovers only. More Marcona Almonds With Rosemary Party trick: pour these into a bowl and watch them disappear. More Hatch Valley Salsa We'll be dipping and pouring this New Mexican chile sauce on repeat. More Tonic Water These cans are naturally flavored with just a hint of lime juice — perfect for your G&Ts. More Veggie & Flaxseed Tortilla Chips Who needs veggie-sticks at a party when you can snack on these? More Mini Cinnamon Sugar Churros Drizzle with some melted chocolate and powdered sugar — your guests (and your conscience) will thank you. More White Cheddar Corn Puffs TJ's take on Pirate's Booty? We're buying it. More Chipotle Black Bean Dip This dip is not messing around with just three, flavor-packed ingredients — pureed black beans, chipotle chiles, and adobo sauce. More Sweet Plantain Chips We'll be munching on these Columbian plantain chips morning, noon, and night. More Cave Aged Blue Cheese Every party needs a fancy (yet affordable) wedge of blue cheese. More English Ale Cheddar Cheese With Mustard Pair this cheddar with your favorite bottles of ale. More Cilantro & Jalapeño Hummus This hummus packs some major flavor. More Pretzel Slims When you're feeling like a pretzel but ALSO in the mood for a chip — these have you covered. More Dark Chocolate Covered Caramels You won't be able to eat just one of these decadent treats. More Raisin Rosemary Crisps These fancy looking and tasty crackers may be just perfect for any cheeses or spreads you'll be serving. More Unexpected Cheddar Even cheddar cheese can be improved. More Ode To The Classic Potato Chip You can't go wrong with this snacking staple. More Brewed Ginger Beer Sweet, citrusy, and spicy. Sip it all by itself or mix it into a cocktail. More Chocolate Coconut Almonds Like a candy bar's more social older sibling. More Vanilla Meringues Simple doesn't have to mean boring. More 5 Cheese Greek Spiral This classic Greek pie is like cheese and crackers, all in one delicious package. More 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. More Brownie Crisp If you purposefully bake your brownies until they're well-done, this is the perfect snack for you. More 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. More Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed With Goat Cheese Proof that frozen can also be fancy-schmancy. More 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. More Parmesan Pastry Pups Who knew pigs in a blanket could be so elegant? More Creamy Spinach & Artichoke Dip Serve with pita chips, promptly watch it disappear. More Caramelized Onion Dip Sweet and savory caramelized onions upgrade the typical onion dip for an app that is perfect with veggies or chips. More Spinach Sour Cream Dip There's spinach in there, so it's practically a salad...right? More Sriracha Potato Chips Leave it to TJ's to bring us not just any Sriracha chips, but waffle-cut Sriracha chips. More 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. More Cowboy Caviar Serve with tortilla chips, sit back, receive compliments. More Sriracha Hummus We're already slathering hummus or Sriracha everything, so putting them together? Genius. More 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. More Breaded Chicken Breast Nuggets Bonus: This beloved finger food is also gluten-free. More Spinach & Kale Greek Yogurt Dip This spinach dip subs in yogurt for heavy sour cream, making for a lighter version of the app staple. More 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... More Chicken Quesadillas These quesadillas, stuffed with peppers, corn, and cheese, are perfect as a starter or main course, depending on party and appetite size. More Milk Chocolate Covered Mini Pretzels No judgement if you forgo displaying these in a bowl and just eat them straight from the bag. More Portobello Mushroom Fries Earthy, meaty, and totally veg-friendly. More Feta Cheese Spread You'll wonder how your cheese plate ever did without it. More Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here? The BEST Pizza In NYC The Best Cheap Eats In Los Angeles The Best Trader Joe's Products Of All Time