If all you want on Valentine's Day is to host a swoon-worthy party with cheesy appetizers and chocolatey desserts, you can make it happen without doing any cooking, courtesy of Trader Joe's
. We're *very* into the pre-cooked shareable bites that make for a low-stress and extremely satisfying Galentine's Day feast
. Most of these treats are ready to serve straight from the package, and they'll all make your guests say, "I love you."
Cheddar Cheese Sticks ($3): Put a glass of these crunchy cheddar straws by the drinks area, too. The savory cheesiness will cut through any too-strong martini or margarita.
Cheese Party Tray ($5):
Avoid long lines behind the cheese board with conveniently pre-sliced Colby Jack, Swiss, mild cheddar, and pepper Jack cheeses.
Italian Deli Selection ($5): Speaking of cheese board, no spread is complete without thinly sliced Italian meats like salami, prosciutto, and capocollo.
Chèvre With Honey ($3):
Be sure to leave room on the board for this smooth, tangy goat cheese which pairs especially well with berries.
Antipasto Cherry Tomatoes ($3):
These slowly dried, olive-oil-and-oregano-soaked cherry tomatoes will count as your fruit for the day, even if you serve them with mozzarella and focaccia.
Parmesan Pastry Pups ($4): A slightly more adult version of pigs in a blanket, these smoky, cheesy bites will get the festivities bumpin.'
Spanakopita Filled With Spinach, Ricotta, and Feta Cheese ($4): Be sure to buy a few extra boxes of these three-bite wonders. The flaky exterior and gooey interior tend to make people go in for seconds.
Pastry Bites With Feta Cheese and Caramelized Onions ($5): These classy poppers get their great taste from the feta and sweet onions, mellowed out by the buttery pastry crust.
Mushroom and Black Truffle Flatbread With Mozzarella Cheese ($4): This crispy, gooey, aromatic flatbread tastes expensive. Topped with glorious amounts of melted mozzarella, it's the ideal party food.
Macarons ($5): TJ's selection of macarons means you can match your dessert to your party's color scheme: black and white (chocolate and vanilla) or pastel multicolor (fig, lemon, apricot, coconut, pistachio, and salted caramel).
Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies ($4): There is nothing quite like a melt-in-your-mouth hazelnut cookie to remind you that love is real.
Ice Cream Bon Bons With Chocolate Cookie Crust ($4): These crunchy-creamy bites allow you to serve ice cream without hauling out bowls and spoons, so you won't have to miss a single moment of your own party.
Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups ($4): You might feel like your cart is at capacity, and that's fair. But when the carton of these crispy-on-the-outside, light-on-the-inside treats magically disappears at your party, you'll know buying it was the right decision.
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(Photos via Sara Cagle/Brit + Co and Trader Joe’s)