NEW YORK (MainStreet)One of the best things about summer is how easy it is to get together with people. The rest of the year we have commitments, schedules, jobs and plans but somehow, from June to August, we all decide to find a way to make the time. Even for cold weather people like yours truly, it's a reason to look forward to 90-degree heat, because with it comes picnics, dinner parties and a chance to see friends who might as well live in Mongolia most of the rest of the year. Still, having people coming over raises a brand new question: what to serve them? Of course it's easy to pop open a few cans of beer and call it a day, but that's just not as much fun. Instead, here are a few suggestions I've picked up from around the world that just might make your next cocktail party a little more memorable, and well within budget to boot as you soak up the last few weeks of summer.