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Z and I love gatherings with friends and have started throwing casual, impromptu dinner parties at least once a month. We usually pick a day and throw out an open invite to anyone who can make it. We stick to simple foods requiring little preparation and encourage everyone who comes to bring something to share. That way the whole evening doesn’t become a big production, but rather a low-key week-night “family dinner.”

With the summer temperatures last week firing up the grill seemed rather appropriate. We decided on the following theme:

build a kebab dinner party

It was inspired by a meal we had while visiting Z’s parents last summer. Kristi had set out a bunch of veggies and everyone was able to make their own kebabs based on their preferences.Z and kebab

I decided that really was a great idea for a dinner gathering! With my stomach the way it is I’m extremely picky about veggies and I really have no clue as to what other people like in that department.

Therefore, Z and I supplied chicken and squash and told everyone to bring a veggie/protein/fruit that they personally like to share. Kebab options

We ended up with:

  • Lemon chicken
  • Shrimp
  • Scallops
  • Balsamic zucchini
  • Green & red pepper
  • Mushrooms
  • Broccoli
  • Tomato
  • Pineapple

Jenna and kebabs

As you can see there were plenty of things to choose from so you could customize to your hearts content!

Once built, the men took over the grilling duties.

Z and Travis grilling

Kebabs on grill

They didn’t take long to cook and before we knew it was time to gather around the table and enjoy!

K and Z dinner party

But the skewered satisfaction didn’t stop there. Denise brought the makings for dessert kebabs!

Build your own dessert kebab bar

Dessert Kebabs:

  • Apples
  • Strawberries
  • Pineapple
  • Marshmallows
  • Caramel & dark chocolate sauce
  • Shredded coconut

Dessert Kebab with marshmallow strawberry pineapple coconut and chocolate- The Adventures of Z & K

So tasty and a fun way to stick with the evening’s theme!

If you’re looking for an easy meal for a get-together this summer kebabs are the way to go!

I want to know…

What types of things do you like to grill on your kebab?

If you were making a dessert one, what would you include?

What’s the best themed dinner party you’ve been to?

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