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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNER MEL FROM BEVERLY HILLS, CA. THANKS FOR ALL YOUR COMMENTS! I think Garth and Wayne (of Wayne’s World) said it best with their signature catchphrase: “Party time, excellent!!!” Despite the seasonal heat (or maybe because of it!) there are always plenty to of reasons to throw a summer party. Are you hosting a pool party? A luau? Perhaps a jazzy twinkle-lit summer soirée or a raucous block party? Whether the occasion you’re celebrating is big or small, you’re sure to throw a fabulous fête with some of our favorite party picks! Enter a comment on this post by August 9th telling us about the snacks you like to have at parties and you’ll be entered in our Party Picks Basket giveaway. One winner will be selected at random to receive our Party Picks Basket, a $100 value, plus a $50 gift card for you to grab wine, ice cream or cheese and fruit for an easy party-pleasing tray. Here’s what you’ll find in the basket:
  • 365 Everyday Value® Organic Balsamic Vinegar
  • Marcona Almonds
  • Raincoast Crisps (Rosemary Raisin Pecan Crackers)
  • Water Wheel Fine Wafer Crackers
  • Silver Star Tex-Mex Salsa (Flame Roasted Medium)
  • Divina Pitted Kalamata Olives
  • 365 Everyday Value® Organic Jumbo Green Olives
  • Vineyard Pantry Cabernet Roasted Garlic Mustard
  • 365 Everyday Value® Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil Cold Pressed
  • 4 Piece Cheese Knife Set
  • Pretzel Crisps Classic
  • Back to Nature Tuscan Herb Roasted Nut Mix
  • Texas Mesquite Cutting Board
What makes your party time excellent? Leave a comment telling us about your go-to party snacks by August 9th for a chance to win our Party Picks Basket! (And, ahem, party attendees—don’t forget to gift your host/hostess!)

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Gary Crispens says …

I try to have a variety of cool foods in the summer. Favorites include fresh salsa and chips, hummus, a cream cheese blue cheese log and a platter of fresh seasonal fruit. Of course some light summertime wine is a must !!!!

Kendra Beltman says …

Some sort of crostini or pigs in a blanket, and some diy popsicles

Robin F. says …

My go-to party food would have to be my infamous vegan chocolate chip cookies. Seems like everywhere I'm invited to or anytime I hold a party at my house, there's always a few people who request them ;)

Ellie says …

It's not a party without sweets! Cookies, yum.

Dan says …

Anything stuffed!

Jenny K says …

Party time must haves are: sangria wings chips & dip cupcakes

Quinn Egan says …

Our favorite is white bean hummus, so easy to make, healthy & delicious!

Whitney Abernathy says …

Grilled Pitas with Caramelized Onions and Goat Cheese make a nice change to the classic hummus and pita appetizer! Throw the pitas on before the burgers...goes down nicely with a wheat beer such as Hefe-Weizen..mmmm!

JC says …

Orin Swift wine, Mt. Tam cheese, pretzel rolls and some caviar.

Mary O'Rourke says …

I have 3 favs to serve, cucumber/avocado dip with homemade corn torilla chips, fresh sliced apples with mixed nuts and a good, firm cheese and ceviche made with fresh tomatoes, cilantro, onions, shrimp & cod served with water crackers! All are made fresh and are nice cool treats for the summer snacks!!

Kathleen says …

Like a lot of folks here, my party staple is homemade hummus. Other favorites are guacamole, bruschetta or assorted crostini, and of course a cheese platter!

Melody says …

Cookies are good.

Janet says …

Can't go wrong with a nice selection from the cheese department.

THERESA says …

FRESH VEGGIES, WATERMELON, WINE OR SANGRIA OR ANY LITE CALORIE DRINK, TRUFFLES, CHEESE AND CRACKERS, PIECES OF PROTEIN (SUSHI OR PROTEIN bARS.

adriana says …

The last time I had people over for a house warming party I put a nacho bar out on the counter and it was a big hit! I was able to sit back and enjoy myself while everyone else helped themselves to food. The best part was that clean-up was easy. I recommend Food for Lovers Vegan Queso, organic tortilla chips, soyrizo, black olives, fresh guacamole, variety of salsas, black beans and Tofutti sour cream.

charles says …

not not pickles

Athena Liousas says …

You never can go wrong with cheese and crackers, but the good kind from Whole Foods, best way to prepare for an even better meal! Then comes the glass of wine to wash it all down!

anne hill says …

My party - time is excellent when i have blanched veggies & hummus to dip them in for a wonderful taste.

Shannon says …

Everyone loves our Buffalo Chicken Dip. It has a little kick to it but not too much. Even our 2yr old and his friends love this dip. I have pictures for proof.

Jessica King says …

Vegetables and Hummus. People always appreciate the healthy option among all the naughty (and yummy) dips and chips.

E. HAAS says …

I'd love to win and my balcony party overlooking downtown San Fran will be fan tas tick......and you're invited.

Tricia says …

What makes my party time excellent is preparing foods that are excellent taste and using great ingredients. If I make a bruschetta, I always make sure to use fresh basil instead of dried. Fresh herbs always give your food the punch it needs when it is coupled with fresh ingredients. Also, try making a fresh salsa with fresh cilantro. Yummy!

cathy gibson says …

casual get together with friends. Humus, guacamole, assorted chips. assorted cheeses with crackers. Nice fresh salad made with olives, fresh tomatoes, cukes, homemade croutons. Maybe some burgers and dogs on the grill.

Claire Scott says …

I <3 Whole Foods! Wish we had one in SE CT!! This looks delicious!

Becca says …

Cheese, fruit, veggies with hummus...and of course a good bottle of wine! :)

Heidi says …

We love our black bean and corn homemade salsa with chips, and of course fresh fruit with cream cheese dip.

Stephanie Cryer says …

I love to make sure that everyone is happy, so I always Ask my guests what they like. But my favorite go-to party food is savory chicken bites. My family always asks for it as well as my spinach dip. Serve both with veggies and crackers or Melba toast and party away!!!

Valdo says …

I love to throw parties and use your nice selections of aperitif. The selection that I would make would make it a combo of vegetarian and organic fish dishes. All kinds of nuts, hummus (red chili of course) pita, some lesley stowe crips. The entree: Salmon in Champagne. Sounds labor intense but when you entertain, it is worth it.

Megan says …

Anything sweet is always my go too! But, when I don't have time to bake I make a quick fruit salsa and bring cinnamon pita chips!

Shari @ Chicago Cuisine Critique says …

I love serving different types of cheese, crackers, sliced baguettes, and other dips that pair well. That's my favorite kind of party. :)

Cassiday P says …

We like to do themed food parties....it makes it more fun, then we add music and a cocktail that fit the theme as well.

Pam Clausen says …

I like to serve cantaloupe with thinly sliced ham wrapped around it and secured with a toothpick. We also enjoy crackers with a variety of cheeses.

Tia says …

Large salad with seasonal vegies with tahini lemon dressing.

Melinda says …

Yea!! Great way to celebrate summer!! Thanks!!!

Lisa says …

365 Everyday Value sesame crackers with salmon/cream cheese/caper dip. It works for any meal! Mmmmm...

Angela Renee Dortch says …

I like to have grapes and wine or strawberries and wine, with cheese and crackers (all gourmet of course)

Shelley says …

I am in with the macron almonds, addictive!

Jason Quick says …

Organic white corn tortilla chips and WF guac to start with some fresh turkey burgers and melon salad to follow. Makes mouths happy!

GloZell says …

I loVe Whole Foods! I am there all the time and if I win I would be so happy and do a nice video about the wonderful yummy items! XOXOXO

Kristin O' says …

Cheese board and wine, the go to in my circle...always enjoyed though as a treat!

Kathy S. says …

I cannot have a party without bruschetta on toasted rounds, as well as fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and malt vinegar. Otherwise, I will hear it from my spoiled guests!

Kathleen Bouressa says …

I love the WFM catering carmelized onion tartlett thingies. YUM!

Craig Griffiths says …

Mmmm yum yum ;-)

Kandace says …

Our go-to snack is spinach and artichoke dip, which quickly becomes a meal. Delicious!

Val says …

I really love spinach pinwheels - made with Neufchatel cream cheese. They always seem to disappear quickly!

Julia says …

Blue corn tortilla chips, guacamole, and hummus(sun dried tomato variety) - I also love making fresh Bruschetta!

L'lia says …

The best treats I've ever brought to a party were these homemade sweet potatoe samosas accompanied with curried apple sauce! It was a WF recipe from the app and the first time I made homemade apple sauce or samosas and they were a hit!! I definitely received props from my dish and shared the recipe and app with everyone there!!

Donna says …

Homemade hummus with a RIDICULOUS amount of garlic and toasted pita chips! Good old guacamole. Bruschetta. Baked brie with toasted pecans & brown sugar, served with fruit.

Judith Wink says …

I LOVE spinach dip in a bread bowl, with pieces of bread for dipping - very addicting!

laura k says …

Caprese salad, Hummus and pita chips, fresh, seasonal fruit, kalamata olives and an assortment of cheeses, chips and salsa, and fresh veggies

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