We’ve all dug ourselves into this hole before: You agree to host this year’s holiday extravaganza, but realized too late that you have neither the time nor skills to concoct a menu that will leave your guests full and impressed. Enter your savior — Saint Trader Joe. Trader Joe’s carries items that are so good your guests won’t care if they’re homemade or straight out of the box.
Trader Joe’s always comes bearing gifts in the form of fancy-sounding cheese spreads and desserts like grandma used to make. Plus, TJ’s is usually cheaper than its competitors. And as we all know, saving money is key during the holidays.
We listed a few of our favorite Trader Joe’s products that we’re planning to pick up for our own holiday party. Depending on how casual or complex you want to make your party menu, you can pick and choose which items will best fit your table. And honestly, we’ll probably end up hoarding most of these things for ourselves. (We have a little Scrooge in us when it comes to food.)
Important reminder: Plan ahead and buy more than you think you’ll need. We all have that one friend who’s a vacuum (aka us). Now feast your eyes upon the holiday goodness Trader Joe’s has to offer:
1Creamy Roasted Cauliflower and Onion Dip
Warms the tummy and the soul.
Baked is the only way we like our brie.
Egg nog without the egg.
“Luxurious, fudgy ganache?” We’ll take eight, please.
5Riced Cauliflower Stuffing
Because those of us who are gluten-free like stuffing too!
6Hold the Cone! Pumpkin and Ginger Ice Cream Cones
It’s like pumpkin pie on a cone.
Ho, ho, ho! This stuff is good!
8Oh Tannenbaum Crispy Potato Snacks
We love a good holiday-themed potato snack.
We take our whiskey in a glass and in a caramel.
10Chocolate Peppermint Almond Beverage
Serve it hot, cold, or spiked!
11Winter Snowflake Pasta
Add a little sparkle to your soup or mac and cheese.
12Pfeffernusse German Spice Cookies
Warning: these things are very, very addictive.
13Sweet Potato and Marshmallow Pixie Pie Mix
We may just name our first born child Pixie Pie.
Triple the ginger, triple the yum.
A classic holiday side dish.
16Gingerbread Molasses Cookie Dough
So you can skip to the fun decorating part of making gingerbread men.
For the savory snacker in your life.
Before your party starts, make sure you have enough Trader Joe’s to go around. Your guests will be forever grateful.