Consumer Watch: Summer party budget

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by Andy Treinen

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 1, 2014 at 5:11 PM

Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) - There’s still plenty of time between now and Labor Day to host simple summer gatherings without breaking the budget.  Every good host wants to please every guest, but catering to every taste can be time-consumer and costly.

When hosting a party, try serving a simple signature cocktail instead of stocking a full bar. It can really help cut expenses.

Jonathan Pogash recommended a crowd-pleaser that highlights summer flavors.

“I try to get as much of an idea of what everyone likes. There are some common ingredients that pretty much everyone likes. I think lemonade; who doesn't like lemonade?  Classic tropical ingredients are really great for the wide audience,” he said.

Hosts can take the same approach to food. Serve items that are easy for guests to self-serve or to share. Pogash would pair his spiced lemonade cocktail with something like a shrimp, sausage and pepper dish.

“The hint of spice to compliment that Andouille sausage, I think just really works well, a perfect meal, a perfect cocktail food pairing,” he said.

Be sure to make enough for leftovers when cooking on the grill. It's always nice to have a good lunch leftover already paid for in the fridge.

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