Hanuka party planning: grocery list

Now that we have a menu set up (here), time for the shopping list.


  • 1 lb carrots
  • 4 tomatoes
  • 4 cucumbers
  • 2 eggplant
  • 1/2 lb serrano peppers
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • about 2 bulbs of garlic
  • 10 lbs potatoes
  • 3 lbs onion

Refrigerated goods:

  • 16 oz sour cream
  • large container of hummus
  • 2 dozen eggs
  •  2lb butter
  • 1 lb parve margarine (I chose to make the snickerdoodles, pumpkin spice, and cake balls parve to keep leftovers for a future Shabbat. Skip this if you don’t want to do this, and make this butter!)

Dry goods:

  • Pita–approximately 50
  • Large bottle of applesauce (or several of different flavors)
  • 3 lbs chickpeas
  • 16 oz chow mein noodles
  • 5 lbs sugar (won’t use it all, but you’ll need a lot!)
  • 2 lb bag of brown sugar (again, you probably won’t use it all, but brown sugar is good in cookies!)
  • 2 boxes spice cake mix
  • 1 box cake mix (flavor your choice, for cake balls – you can make a 9 x 13 from scratch instead if you prefer)
  • 1 cup of frosting (I made mine, but you can buy a can, too–choose your flavor and add your own ingredients)
  • 29 oz pumpkin (not pie mix)
  • Big bottle of oil for frying (canola is a good choice)
  • 2 bags milk chocolate chips
  • 3 bags semisweet chocolate chips (parve, see margarine note above)
  • 1 bag butterscotch chips
  • 3 bags white chocolate chips (parve)
  • 1 bag cherry cordial m and ms (half of the chunks in the chocolate cherry chunk cookies)
  • 1 small bag of dried cherries (the other half of the chunks in the chocolate cherry chunk cookies)
  • 1 bag white chocolate peppermint hershey’s kisses (for white chocolate chunk cookies)
  • Bottle of 100% pure apple juice
  • Soda (we used 4 2L), beer (we bought 36 and used about 20), 2-3 bottles of wine, a bottle of vodka – and ICE!
  • Gallon sized freezer bags
  • 1/4 size aluminum pans
  • Aluminum foil
  • (have on hand: some good olive oil, small amounts of salt, pepper, mayo, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, cumin, paprika, dried parsley, 2 cinnamon sticks, lemon juice, vanilla extract, baking soda, baking powder, corn syrup)

Other things to consider:

  • Plates, forks, spoons, napkins, and cups for your guests
  • Serving dishes and utensils
  • Table covering(s)
  • Blech or device for keeping your hot food hot (cider, latkes, and falafel)
  • Chairs
  • Decorations? (We like scattered gelt, and the kids used their paper chains from our rainy Sukkot)
  • Place for coats (yes, it’s winter now, so there will be coats to put somewhere!)
  • Place for gifts (I got four bunches of flowers, several bottles of wine, etc…we put the wine out and I had two vases ready for flowers from previous experience. Just be ready in vase your guests are this thoughtful!)

About Amital

A die-hard listmaker and observant Jewish mommy of 5, managing the challenges of life bit by bit with the help of a Shalom Bayit book and lists. And chocolate, of course. Lots of chocolate.

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