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Weeknight Dinner Party with Summer Grill Recipes

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Hey, all of you sweet thangs! I couldn’t be more excited to share with you the Summer Grill Recipes that I came up with this week, using Nestle products! I may have had a little fun creating a tablescape for our little weeknight dinner party, while I was at it too.

Weeknight Dinner Party

Summer is right around the corner, and it’s my FAVE-O-RITE time of year. We socialize more, entertain more, cook more, and GRILL more!!! (My hubby does most of the grilling, so I tend to like that “summer activity,” best, if you can’t tell. )

Table Setting Idea for Dinner Party

Summer Dinner Ideas

Since our dinner party was taking place on a weeknight, I knew I wanted to keep it convenient. Grilling seems to create less-mess, and it keeps the heat out of the house.

Picking up the goodies for my dinner party

Summer Grill Recipes on the Menu:

Coffee Crusted Beef Tenderloin, Grilled Seasoned Mixed Vegetables & Jack’s Pizza on the Grill!

Coffee Crusted Beef Tenderloin

Coffee Crusted Beef Tenderloin

Coffee-Crusted Beef Tenderloin

Jessica Burgess
This easy steak recipe is perfect for Summer and tastes delicious! Pair with grilled veggies for the best dinner.
4 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 418 kcal


  • 2 Tablespoons ground coffee (I used NESCAFE CLASSICO)
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar packed
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon kosher salt or table salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 4-5 pound beef tenderloin roast


  • Combine all of the coffee and seasonings in a bowl. Rub the spice mixture into the tenderloin, covering the entire tenderloin.
  • Cut the tenderloin in to three sections.
  • Preheat the grill to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • When heated, sear the tenderloin on the grill at 450 degrees over direct heat for about 15 minutes.
  • Flipping the tenderloin back and forth, sear the meat on all sides/ends.
  • Then lower grill temp to 325-350 and cook an additional 25-30 minutes, or until internal meat temperature reaches 125-130 degrees.
  • Remove tenderloin from grill and place in a roasting pan, covered, allowing it to "sit," for 10-15 minutes before serving.


Serving: 1serving (1/2 pound steak)Calories: 418kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 43gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 156mgSodium: 1057mgPotassium: 773mgSugar: 1gVitamin A: 275IUCalcium: 39mgIron: 4.9mg
Keyword easy summer dinner grilling, steak on the grill, steak rubs
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You all… my husband can make a MEAN beef tenderloin. For our weeknight dinner party, it was a “no-brainer,” on what we were going to have. I mean, you can’t go wrong with a “fine hunk of beef.” (I’m talkin’ about the meat… not my husband.)

But I’m the one that got my hands dirty in the kitchen today with the NESCAFE Clasico rub that I created!

NESCAFE Clasico #FlavorYourSummer #CollectiveBias

Oh… is that a major need for a manicure, or what!? OMG.

Dinner Party Prep! Beef tenderloin rub

See what I mean? Sorry vegetarians, but that looks delish.

beef tenderloin on the grill - coffee crusted

 Alright, alright, alright.  The grill was heated, so I wasn’t going to let it go to waste. We needed a side dish, and we needed a veggie. We used Maggi Seasoning in the recipe to give the veggies a delicious spark of flavor!

Maggi Seasoning

Mixed grilled veggies with Maggi Seasoning


Mixed grilled veggies with Maggi Seasoning

Grilled Seasoned Mixed Veggies

Jessica Burgess
This veggie side dish is so delicious and perfect for the grill! Pair with steak for a quick and easy dinner!
0 from 0 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 389 kcal


  • 24 oz mixed veggies I purchased pre-washed, packaged. Easier the better for me!
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 lemon squeezed
  • 1 Tablespoon Maggi Seasoning
  • 3 cloves garlic minced


  • Preheat grill to medium heat.
  • Put mixed veggies into a sealable, gallon sized bag.
  • Mix all ingredients but mixed veggies together in a small bowl.  Whisk until combined, and pour over veggies.
  • Seal bag, and toss to coat.
  • Pour out veggies on to a sheet of aluminum foil/grill basket, that is sprayed with non-stick spray.
  • Place on the grill, and cook {tossing occasionally}, for about 15 minutes, or until veggie tenderness reaches your desired tenderness.


We like a bit of "kick," to our veggies, so we sprinkled a little more Maggi Seasoning to our veggies when they were finished on the grill.


Serving: 1serving (1/4 recipe)Calories: 389kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 6gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 332mgPotassium: 397mgFiber: 7gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 8640IUVitamin C: 25.6mgCalcium: 50mgIron: 2mg
Keyword easy grilled vegetables, grilled veggies recipe, summer vegetables recipe
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For the kids:

We figured the kiddos wouldn’t want beef tenderloin for dinner, so we thought:

“The grill is already heated, let’s throw a pizza on!” Yes! We grilled a Jack’s Original Pepperoni Pizza, & it was devoured. Talk about an easy summer dinner idea!

Jack's Pizza! Cooked on the grill is surprisingly delish!

Guys… I know the pizza was for the kids, but I’ll just say this… I’ll be grilling the pizzas all summer. I mean… how much easier and inexpensive can you get, than a frozen pizza? The kids loved it. Ok ok… I did too. 😉

Cook pizza on the grill!

The Spread

This whole dinner was so quick to throw together, and by FAR, one of the easiest that I have made for a dinner party.

Weeknight Dinner Party

Needless to say… there was nothing left to put away. No leftovers, and just a few dishes. Grilling is my FAVE-O-RITE.

Party Details

Dinner Party Table Setting

Creating a place setting for each of your guests can be one of the easiest, and most “thoughtful,” things that you can do for your guests.

The guests don’t have that awkward feeling of, “Ok, where do I sit? I don’t want to take someone’s place.”

What I used:

  • Placemat
  • Dinner Plate
  • Napkin
  • Bowl (or smaller saucer would work)
  • Succulent
  • Place Card with initial
  • Drinking Glass
  • Silverware (not pictured)

That’s it! I almost bet that you have most of these already. The succulent was used as a decoration, and for a “pop,” of color, to break up the “white on white,” that I had going on.

I created the place card by using pre-cut photo paper that I had on hand and used my silhouette machine to cut out the initials of our guests. (You could easily hand-write the initials, buy scrapbook letters, or stencil on the cards.)  Save them for next time, because odds are, you’ll have someone over later that has the same initial. 😉

Weeknight Dinner Party

Quick Weeknight Dinner Party

Did you see my pre-party excitement video that I posted to my Instagram? Here’s the full version!

Are you going to add a summer dinner party to your to-do list? If so, Nestle has a TON of fabulous recipes that you could create! I’d love to hear your favorite!

For more party and recipe inspiration, make sure to check out TONS of ideas in the Fantabulosity archives!


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6 thoughts on “Weeknight Dinner Party with Summer Grill Recipes

  1. Super cute! Looks like a great party! You are the best host! 😉 xoxo

    1. Jessica says:

      Thank you!!! I’ll plan another one soon, and have you over! 😉

  2. I love you plate setting!! So elegant and classy. The food looks delicious. Thanks! #Client

    1. Jessica says:

      Awww, thank you so much Oriana!

  3. Kate says:

    Love this recipe, going to try it out at my next dinner party which I’ll make soon after this recipe! Thank you

    1. Jessica says:

      Oh good!!!!! Thank you! Yesss!! Let me know how it goes!! XO

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