Easy Party Food Tips

Have a Well Stocked Pantry

Love to throw parties?  Keep a well stocked pantry of staple food and beverage items and you’ll be ready to party anytime.

Here is a checklist of must-have entertaining basics.  If you have a Trader Joe’s, Wholefoods Market or Cost Plus World Market near you, then you can find many of these products and your guests will appreciate the gourmet tastes.

Dips, Spreads & Sauces


Crackers, Sticks & Chips

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The Perfect Cheese Platter

Cheese Platter

Have some of these items handy, especially if they are packed in a can or jar.  You can add some spices to give them a bit of flare.

  • Olive Tapenade
  • Sun Dried Tomato Tapenade
  • Roasted Peppers
  • Hummus
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Cream Cheese
  • Fruit Jam
  • Salsa

Keep in your pantry an assortment of crackers, bread and chips to accompany dips, spreads and cheese and its easy to get a party started.

  • Crackers
  • Breadsticks
  • Cheese Sticks
  • Baguette
  • Pretzels
  • Tortilla Chips

An assortment of cheese is always a crowd pleaser. Serve them up in a variety ways from cubes, slices, or as a wedge with a cheese knife. A nice touch is to have name plates to let guests know the type of cheese

  • Wedge of Cheddar
  • Chunks of Parmigiano- Reggiano
  • Brie
  • Dill Havarti
  • Monterey Jack
  • Colby
  • Blue Cheese
  • Swiss Cheese

Seasonings, Stocks & Spices

spices, pantry items, oils and vinegars

Pastry, Crusts and Shells

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Nibbles, Noshes & Quick Bites

Nibbles, Noshes and Quick Bites

Stock up on quality olive oil, vinegar, seasonings and herbs can quickly help you whip up dressings or spice up foods for your party.

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Sea Salts
  • Chicken, Beef & Vegetable Stock
  • Garlic Powder
  • Canned Italian tomatoes and paste
  • Greek yogurt
  • Spices
  • Fresh Herb

These are great to have in the freezer.  Just thaw and fill with just about anything for a last minute appetizer or dessert.

  • Frozen Puff Pastry
  • Phyllo Dough
  • Ready-made pizza dough
  • Pie Crusts

Offer your guests easy sweet and savory snack to munch on.  Kale chips, Snapea Crisps, fresh fruit and cut vegetables are a nice healthy choice.

  • Crackers
  • Nuts
  • Popcorn
  • Olives
  • Cut Fruit
  • Crudites
  • Trailmix