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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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Lisa G. says …

I always love to eat cheese and crackers at parties along with pigs in a blanket, veggies and dip, baby quiche, locks and cream cheese, so yummy!

Nicole Wick says …

Homemade salsa abs guacamole are a must!

Lisa says …

I love to party! Does that qualify me to win? I sure do hope so! Love WF, the customer service at the brand new location in Fairfield, CT is superb. I am a loyal customer for life, thank you.

Steve joh says …

Bacon wrapped dates stuffed with almonds. Got something for everyone.

Lisa says …

I love the standard chips and salsa. The best kind is whole foods guac and chips though! Sooooo yummy

Susan says …

I love Whole Foods, I wish there was one closer to Collegeville PA or Royersford PA.

Nick Knack says …

I want to party! I normally party in march. Every party needs lots of music!

Julie says …

Veggies and dip!

Chrissy says …

My go to dips are a delicious sun-dried tomato dip and roasted garlic hummus....yum! Both are delicious with fresh summer veggies, pita chips, and crackers. A cold glass of wine is always needed too!

Sherry says …

We enjoy a variety of artisan cheeses, fresh bread, wine, and fruits and nuts.

Valerie Parker says …

Hey one of the best things I can think of....Whole Foods Oven Baked Pizza. A Party favorite for sure!

Mr KG says …

I am a KG teacher and each year I love to throw the little guys a party. No chips and cupcakes either, we get real grown up snacks from Whole Foods of course and we live it up! I always include cheeses, crackers, dips, breads and fruits and veggies. Presentation is always amazing with the help of my assistant. My school and my students are from low income families. Alot of times our party will be the only time, at leat for now, that they can savor these yummy treats!

Kristen says …

I love incorporating fresh ingredients from my garden to make mint iced tea, bruschetta, salsa, strawberry sorbet and more.

Courtney says …

Honestly, appetizers from Whole Foods recipe section is my go to! :)

Tracy says …

Hummus and Bagel Chips Xtchil chips and mango or peach salsa Array of cheeses w/nut crackers These are my constant insta-party go-to snacks

Gwendolyn G says …

Synonymous with hosting at my place is my homemade guacamole. Flavors of fresh cilantro, garlic, and ripe avocado pair perfectly with fresh corn tortilla chips and set the mood for a relaxing, casual get together. Another essential is some fresh bruschetta with some diced tomatoes, red onions from my garden, basil & garlic - YUM. Another favorite go-to is brie cheese & water crackers or a french baguette. My mouth is watering... Keep it simple and minimize prep so that relaxation & socializing may be maximized. Now where did I put the beer opener...

Sue Lynn says …

I love different kinds of cheeses! I like serving blue cheese with pears or bacon wrapped dates stuffed with Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.

Rob K says …

I always just stop by the fresh and prepared sections of salads, fruits and vegis and pre-made dessert (a mans favorite aisles) to get everything I need. i never have a problem and there is always someone to ask for help. Easy party.

Chelsea says …

Bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with gorgonzola cheese are my favorite party food! They take a little work, but are a real crowd-pleaser! I would love a party basket for the post-bar exam party I plan on having!

Amy D. says …

My "signature" party dish is fresh guacamole with lots of chunky ripe tomato and diced sweet onions (and of course lime, garlic, cilantro, and just a touch of chile pepper since I am a wimp when it comes to heat.) But the best part is making it in my authentic Mexican molcajete. :)

Cylinda says …

This would be perfect for our end of summer party at my library... Eat, play, love!

Alejandro Ferrari says …

Olive oil, cheese, crackers . I want that chopping board ..lol

Brucette says …

I believe a good wine and finger foods say it all. People are there to see each other, but if the food is good, part of the conversation will be about the food, asking for recipes or spawning stories of what town, state, country they were in when they ate something special. I once had a salad with tart apples, manchego cheese, agave nectar and chopped mint...omg!!!

Alisha McGraw says …

I like to change things up depending on the season or holiday but this is a general win. Blueberry goat cheese and crackers. Hard to tell if its an appetizer or dessert.

ChiTownMama says …

Bruschetta is always a hit, but we also like to keep it light with salsas, olives, homemade guacamole and hummus and veggies.

Claudia says …

I would love to win the party basket. My favorite great items from Whole Foods for a party include Back to Nature nuts with Tuscan spices, about seven wonderful kinds of olives from the olive bar, Cypress Grove goat cheese, Vermont Creamery cream fraiche to spread on those 2 for $5 Italian flatbreads that I cannot stop eating even when I have no guests!

pat matousek says …

i'd hit the cheese counter and the produce - especially fruit. then add a few baquettes lightly grilled topped with heirloom tomatos/basil/roasted red peppers.

kristinah says …

Tortilla chips and salsa are a must at all of my gatherings!!!

Marianne M says …

Wines - start with a nice light welcome wine. Proceed to white wines with cheeses and crackers. On to a pino noir, malbac, then syrah with yummy chocolates.

Brenda says …

I love hosting a brunch party! Breakfast burrito bar with all the toppings imaginable, hash brown bake, cinnamon rolls, fresh fruit & cheese plate. Then of course mimosas, bloody marys and Irish coffees.

NG says …

Veggie and fruit trays with dips.

decklededges says …

I think hand held desserts are a must - cookies, brownies, etc. The type of things you can grab as you walk by the table... And then grab another one when you walk back by 10 minutes later. :)

Adrienne says …

I know it's retro, but deviled eggs are such a crowd pleaser. I never worry about mayonnaise in the heat because they're gone so fast!

Amy says …

My favorite party snack is definitely hummus with pita chips!

Kathy Hanning says …

Whole Foods custom made pizzas are always a favorite. Also, several different flavors of hummus with pita chips. The deli counter always has something tasty and the fruits are always so fresh. It is easy to find party fare at Whole Foods that fits any occasion. I've set out slices of the 'seduction bread' with cream cheese & jam nearby. The real challenge is limiting the choices!

Veronica says …

I do not have a Whole Foods close to me, so when I do get to one, I go crazy there is soooo many great things to pick from!!!!!

Chrissy says …

I like a mix of dips, like hummus, salsa or bruschetta. They're quick and easy. Also, can't go wrong with a cheese dish and some veggies.

Cadence says …

Party time is great when the food is good, easy, and fun. And the friends and family are relaxed and just enjoying time together!

matkeltri says …

My favorite is layered nacho dip and chips!

Zehra says …

Dippy munchy food is always a go at parties. Olives and cut veggies work well too. If I'm being fancy pants, I grill up some shrimp in EVOO, garlic and fresh cilantro. Mmmmmmm.

Raul says …

This is a great party basket!

Joiceann says …

We love cold 7 layered nacho dip -- in this hot weather we set on a tray filled with ice.

Dane says …

I love seven layer dip, or French onion dip.

lilly says …

party snacks : spiced nuts, bulk bin trail mixes, hummus and pita, layered dips with fresh veggies and chips, and summer fruit salads galore :)

Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) says …

I love making champagne sangria: 1 bottle of cava (sparkling Spanish wine), prosecco, or champagne 1/3 bottle light rum 1/3 bottle of triple sec 1/4 bottle of brandy pineapple and cranberry juice, to taste (maybe a few cups each?) lime and lemon slices seltzer water, to taste the drink is fancy, so the snacks can be simple - good olives, bread, hummus, cheese, etc. YAY parties!

Hunter says …

looks like some good munchies

Amanda says …

Grilled red potato salad, & spicy 3 cheese spinach dip are my faves to make!

Becci Himes says …

Homemade guacamole; imported cheeses, stilton especially. Brie baked in pastry with a raspberry jam layer in the middle;

Bailey says …

I love doing theme parties and trying foods that I wouldn't normally cook. I also like doing things like incorporating fruit into the main course or trying a new cocktail or wine that my guests probably haven't tried before.

Chandra says …

Hain carrot chips are a great snack for parties! For something sweet, homemade organic cookies! :)

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