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Party Appetizers from Trader Joe’s

We’ve been wanting to do this post for a while. So I’m excited it is finally here. We wanted to see if you could do a whole spread of appetizers entirely from Trader Joe’s. It’s not sponsored, we just shop there a lot. Sarah did a ton of research and found all the food that is fit to eat in the appetizer section (some didn’t make the cut!) ALL the food in this post is from Trader Joe’s. I loved the idea of this post because I love entertaining and sometimes the thing that hold me back is having the time/money/energy to figure out the food. What if you could throw a whole party with Trader Joe’s appetizers? See below what we discovered.

Party Appetizers From Trader Joe's | Oh Happy Day!

The biggest takeaway from this experiment is we added sauces or garnish to feel more complete. They were super easy to add. Every thing was super easy to make and pretty inexpensive too. ($3-5!). We also noticed most things tasted way better when warm: to make the best impression serve these right when they come out of the oven.

Party Appetizers from Trader Joe's | Oh Happy Day!

Our favorite: Mini Brie en Croute served with Raspberry Chipotle Sauce and fresh rosemary

Party Appetizers from Trader Joe's | Oh Happy Day!

Lentil Dip (full recipe here!): made from Steamed Lentils, Bruschetta Sauce, and Feta. Served with Pita Bite Crackers.

Party Appetizers from Trader Joe's | Oh Happy Day!

Spanakopita with Cilantro and Chive Yogurt Dip, served with arugula.

Party Appetizers from Trader Joe's | Oh Happy Day!

Parmesan Pastry Pups served with Aioli Garlic Mustard Sauce and mini pickles.

Party Appetizers from Trader Joe's | Oh Happy Day!

Mini Meatballs in Sriracha and Roasted Garlic BBQ Sauce, served with parsley.

Party Appetizers from Trader Joe's | Oh Happy Day!

Mushroom Turnovers served with Creme Fraiche on fresh dill.

Party Appetizers from Trader Joe's | Oh Happy Day!

Chicken Tikka Samosas with Mango Ginger Chutney, served with fresh mint.

Party Appetizers from Trader Joe's | Oh Happy Day!

Lemongrass Chicken Stix with Satay Peanut Sauce, served with Thai basil.

Party Appetizers from Trader Joe's | Oh Happy Day!

Party Appetizers from Trader Joe's | Oh Happy Day!

Photos & styling by Sarah Price Olsen

  1. Kari

    January 24, 2017

    Yum! So many tasty options!
    Kari
    http://sweetteasweetie.com/

  2. Sophie

    January 24, 2017

    The plating of the food is incredible.

  3. Liz - Shopping My Closet

    January 24, 2017

    The lemongrass eggrolls are one of my favorites!

    Liz @ ShoppingMyCloset.com

  4. Michelle

    January 24, 2017

    What a cool idea, they look so delicious!
    https://www.makeandmess.com/

  5. Jessica

    January 24, 2017

    How delicious looking x

    Jessica — NinetyCo 

  6. inlay work

    January 24, 2017

    wow! these are awesome and you shared so good way to present food. i really like it and so good tips you shared to design it.

  7. Sara

    January 24, 2017

    What a brilliant idea!! Awesome!

  8. katie

    January 25, 2017

    Are these little plates and bowls from crate and barrel? I seem to remember you doing a story with them a few years ago.

    Do you think you could find a disposable alternative so I don’t have to invest so much and store so many little plates? Finding cute little white plates and bowls that guests can throw out would be pretty rad.

    • jordan
      • jordan
      • January 25, 2017

      Yes! The plates and bowls are from Crate and Barrel. You can see them all here: http://bit.ly/1yRRmEp Thanks for the suggestion about the disposable versions. We’ll try to collect some additional options for next time!

  9. Terrell

    January 25, 2017

    These are just precious! I love little bites and Trader Joes AND these cute plates and picks! Thank you for the great ideas!!!!

  10. Christi

    January 25, 2017

    First, the photos are all stunning! Second, what on earth would we do without Trader Joe’s? This is such a great reference for super easy (and delicious) party eats!

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