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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.  😉

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

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
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Coffee-Crusted Beef Tenderloin


  • 2 Tablespoons ground coffee {I used NESCAFE CLASICO}
  • 1 Tablespoon packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon kosher salt {or table salt}
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 beef tenderloin roast, 4-5 pounds {have the butcher cut the "silver," off}


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

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, 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

Grilled Seasoned Mixed Veggies


24 oz mixed veggies (I purchased pre-washed, packaged.  Easier the better for me!)

1/2 cup Olive Oil

2 Tbsp honey

1/2 lemon

1 Tablespoon Maggi Seasoning

3 cloves minced garlic


Preheat grill to medium heat.

Put mixed veggies in to 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.

Optional: 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.  

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 guest 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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