Not Enough Food or Drink?! Avoid the Biggest Holiday Party Fouls With Big Savings and One-Stop Shopping at BJ’s Wholesale Club

BJ’s annual holiday survey finds that party hosts visit three different stores each time they host a party.

WESTBOROUGH, Mass.--()--‘Tis the season to eat, drink and be merry, so party hosts better not run out of food and drink. That’s according to a new survey of 2,000 Americans, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of BJ’s Wholesale Club (NYSE: BJ), that revealed that not having enough food or drink is one of the worst things a host can do.

And it looks like hosts better not count on their guests to help out either. According to the survey, a surprising number show up empty-handed, with only about 45 percent of guests actually complying with a BYOB request.

Planning a perfect party takes a lot of time and money, according to the survey. On average, a party host will spend $1,422.65 per year, including food, drinks and décor. Hosts also said they’ll visit an average of three stores per party in order to properly prepare.

“There’s no need to run all over town when planning for a party,” said Michael Leary, senior vice president, GMM, perishables, grocery and beverages, BJ’s Wholesale Club. “BJ’s is a convenient and affordable one-stop shop for all your holiday needs, helping members save up to 25 percent off grocery store prices every day. Preparing for the holidays can certainly be time-consuming and stressful. BJ’s truly has everything our members need to stock up and entertain for all their gatherings, from fresh food and party platters to gifts and décor.”

Guests aren’t off the hook either though – nearly two-thirds of survey respondents said that they are less likely to invite a guest to the next party if he or she fails to bring the thing that the host asked them to contribute.

BJ’s members can shop fresh food, easy appetizers, hostess gifts and alcohol at an incredible value, so that they never need to worry about showing up to a party empty-handed. BJ’s also helps members save time with same-day delivery on thousands of items at everyday club prices. BJ’s members in select states can also order beer, wine, and spirits with same-day delivery and have it delivered right to their door in as little as two hours.

The survey also discovered these party tidbits:

  • Northeasterners host the biggest parties: On average, Americans host seven parties per year and Northeasterners surveyed have the most people in attendance at their parties (13 on average). No matter how big the party, BJ’s members can save time and stress in the kitchen with easy party planning platters and its exclusive Wellsley Farms frozen appetizers.
  • Décor adds up!: The average host spends $58.50 on décor when throwing a party. BJ’s saves members from breaking the bank – and their ornaments! – with holiday décor options, including its exclusive Berkley Jensen Shatterproof Ornaments, at incredible value.
  • Annoying party guests?: The survey revealed that the absolute worst, most annoying thing a guest can do at a party is show up sick. Getting too drunk, arriving too early, and being the last to leave also scored high when it comes to behavior that annoys party hosts. BJ’s helps members be the best party guest with affordable and fun host and hostess gifts, including Lindt Lindor Party Favor Gift Box for $15.99 and Yankee Candle Jar Candles in Fresh Balsam Fir for $12.99, so they don’t show up empty handed!

With BJ’s Everyday ClubVenienceSM, members can shop however they want this holiday season with convenience shopping options like, buy online, pick up in-club, same-day delivery, digital coupons and two-day shipping on household essentials with BJ’s Stocked.

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This survey of 2,000 U.S. adults who have planned and hosted a party was conducted by OnePoll, a member of AAPOR - American Association for Public Opinion Research, in October 2019.

About BJ's Wholesale Club Holdings, Inc.

Headquartered in Westborough, Massachusetts, BJ's Wholesale Club Holdings, Inc. is a leading operator of membership warehouse clubs on the Eastern United States. The company currently operates 218 clubs and 144 BJ's Gas® locations in 17 states.

The Company's common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: BJ).


Jennie Hardin | 774-512-6978


Jennie Hardin | 774-512-6978