You don’t have to wait much longer to see the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots face off against each other in Super Bowl LII. But in case January passed in a blur (seriously, how fast is this year going?) and you’re scrambling to get your game day party together, we have a simple solution for you: Trader Joe’s. Not only are they reliably full of unique and interesting snacks, not to mention inexpensive, they’ve also helpfully placed “Game Day” signs around the store to help you navigate to the most convenient party foods.
Here’s how we’d spend $100 at Trader Joe’s to cover everything we need for a Super Bowl party.
Cheese, meats & crackers & hummus
The cornerstone of any get together is a nice meat and cheese platter. Trader Joe’s makes this easy with premade selections of cheeses, meats, crackers and even a foursome of hummus flavors.
- A Real Crowd Cheeser, $5.50
- Gourmet Deli Selection Meat Slices, $5.50
- Hummus Quartet, $5
- Cracker Assortment, $3.50
Total cost: $19.50
Chips & dip
Now the stuff you think of when you think of the Super Bowl: the chips and dips. You can never have too many options here, and Trader Joe’s has just about everything you could want. Their Caramelized Onion Dip is like the slightly fancier version of a French onion dip and their Chunky Spicy Guacamole means you don’t have to spend your morning hoping you’ve picked out perfectly ripe avocados.
- Bacon Cheddar Ranch Dip, $3
- Caramelized Onion Dip, $3
- Ridge Cut Potato Chips (two bags), $3 each
- Chunky Spicy Guacamole (two packs), $3 each
- Pico de Gallo, $3
- Homestyle Salsa Especial Mild, $3
- Queso Dip, $3
- Corn Chip Dippers (two bags), $2 each
Total cost: $31
It’s good to have a few heartier foods on hand to keep appetites at bay when the game runs long, but that doesn’t mean you have to cook a whole dinner. Trader Joe’s has plenty of options you can warm up in the oven or microwave.
- Organic Baked Beans (two cans), $2 each
- Cocktail Pups, $5
- Mini Beef Tacos (two boxes), $4.30 each
- Turkey Corn Dogs (two boxes), $3 each
- Frozen Chicken Quesadillas (two boxes), $3.50 each
Total cost: $30.60
Keep your guests refreshed with a variety of drinks. Alcohol is where things get most expensive, so don’t be afraid to tell your adult guests to BYOB if they have a specific brand they prefer.
- Simpler Times Lager (two six-packs), $3.50 each
- Sweet Tea, $4
- Hansen’s Soda (two six-packs each of root beer, ginger ale and orange), $3 each
Total cost: $20