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Win our Party Picks Basket

By Jennifer Cheng, July 24, 2011  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Jennifer Cheng
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!)
Category: Contests, Summer's Best


1 Comment


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 !!!!
08/06/2011 6:27:01 AM CDT
Kendra Beltman says ...
Some sort of crostini or pigs in a blanket, and some diy popsicles
08/03/2011 9:11:44 AM CDT
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 ;)
07/26/2011 6:31:33 AM CDT
Ellie says ...
It's not a party without sweets! Cookies, yum.
07/26/2011 6:55:25 AM CDT
Dan says ...
Anything stuffed!
07/26/2011 6:56:15 AM CDT
Jenny K says ...
Party time must haves are: sangria wings chips & dip cupcakes
07/25/2011 12:07:33 PM CDT
Quinn Egan says ...
Our favorite is white bean hummus, so easy to make, healthy & delicious!
07/25/2011 12:07:36 PM CDT
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!
07/25/2011 12:07:17 PM CDT
JC says ...
Orin Swift wine, Mt. Tam cheese, pretzel rolls and some caviar.
07/28/2011 2:44:36 PM CDT
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!!
07/28/2011 2:46:58 PM CDT
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!
07/25/2011 1:20:02 PM CDT
Melody says ...
Cookies are good.
07/25/2011 1:12:44 PM CDT
Janet says ...
Can't go wrong with a nice selection from the cheese department.
07/25/2011 1:17:06 PM CDT
THERESA says ...
07/25/2011 12:06:32 AM CDT
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.
07/24/2011 11:58:58 PM CDT
charles says ...
not not pickles
07/24/2011 11:54:58 PM CDT
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!
07/31/2011 11:17:20 PM CDT
anne hill says ...
My party - time is excellent when i have blanched veggies & hummus to dip them in for a wonderful taste.
07/25/2011 12:03:05 PM CDT
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.
07/28/2011 1:38:51 PM CDT
Jessica King says ...
Vegetables and Hummus. People always appreciate the healthy option among all the naughty (and yummy) dips and chips.
07/28/2011 1:26:44 PM CDT
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.
07/28/2011 2:13:12 AM CDT
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!
07/28/2011 5:45:50 AM CDT
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.
07/28/2011 5:46:11 AM CDT
Claire Scott says ...
I <3 Whole Foods! Wish we had one in SE CT!! This looks delicious!
08/06/2011 5:48:18 PM CDT
Becca says ...
Cheese, fruit, veggies with hummus...and of course a good bottle of wine! :)
08/06/2011 5:46:20 PM CDT