Instead of Flowers has been delivering fresh gourmet meals in the metro Atlanta area since 1990. Whether you need a great gift idea, want to treat yourself, or simply do not have enough time to get a complete dinner on the table for your family, a delivered gourmet meal is just what you need. Instead of Flowers is great for all occasions: new baby, birthdays, get well, new home, anniversaries, thank you or just because.
My husband and I received a meal from my co-workers, as a gift, while I was out recovering from surgery. What a GREAT idea! It was truly amazing and delicious! We actually had enough food for 2 meals. It was delivered to our porch in a very nice insulated bag that we can use over and again for other outings. It was beautifully wrapped in attractive containers with colorful bows. We absolutely loved it! I will definitely use Instead of Flowers in the future for gifts for my friends and family.
Gary and Charlotte Applequist
After recovering from open heart surgery, my wife and I wanted a heart healthy meal. My good friend, Brad Haertel, realized that we had received enough flowers. We had the superb seared salmon dinner that made one of first meals home from the hospital memorable and satisfying.
What a wonderful surprise to get a bag with a full dinner on our doorstep after 5 days of chemo with my son! The lasagna, salad, squash and zucchini, rolls, and cheesecake squares were delicious and eaten by all. Instead of flowers called and let us know it was being delivered and asked where to leave it with kindness and compassion. Thank you Instead of Flowers!
What a great service you provide. Friends of ours gave my husband and me one of your "Deluxe Dinners for Two" as a Golden Anniversary present. Not only was it a WONDERFUL dinner but it was fun going on line and trying to make the dinner selection. Then when the food arrived it was all beautifully packaged, with instructions, etc. I did not have to refrigerate it because it was in a thermal bag and I just pulled it out when I was ready to heat it up. I had to do very little in the way of getting it ready and after that it was candlelight and roses. I can't thank my friends enough for their thoughtfulness with such a lovely gift and I thank you for delivering it and making for a special dinner. I will definitely recommend Instead of Flowers to others.
Nelson and Jerry Carter
On December 16th we enjoyed your gourmet meal for two as a gift from the Vietnam Veterans Association during my recovery from surgery. The meal was delicious, well presented, and everything was perfect. We totally enjoyed the entire meal and especially the main course, a yummy pork dish. Really was gourmet. We think this is a great idea and alternative for recognizing someone's achievement or helping the caregiver when someone is sick.
Bill and Jan Miller
Thank you for the delicious meals I have received while recovering from surgery. Delicious, beautifully presented, generous portions. True value.
We had our first ever meal delivered this week. The seafood creole dinner for two. What a wonderful surprise it was. Everything was delicious and so very fresh. The salad tasted as if it had just been made. There was plenty to eat for a hungry husband ( who has been doing all the cooking for the past month since I have been flat on my back with lower back issues) There was even enough for me to have for lunch the following day. I will definitely use "Instead of Flowers" the next time I want to do something for a friend who happens to be "under the weather" for whatever reason. I do recommend them highly. It is a fantastic idea.
I just wanted to let you know that the food was wonderful. We really enjoyed it. And it was especially nice given that we had been eating hospital food for three weeks! Thank you so much for making it low sodium, but still tasty. Thank you!
We received two nights of meals after having our second child. I had seen the commercials before and thought it was a good idea, but was curious if they would be good or not. I was happy with both the meals we received and thought they were both delicious. I would happily recommend this to anyone and hope in the future to use this as a gift for someone else.
Thank you again! This is a great idea!
We just consumed a great meal. We received a gift meal from friends and y'all allowed us to custom design it. THANK YOU!
Karen & Jack Fishman
Enjoyed all the wonderful foods yummy
Instead of Flowers delivered a delicious meal, on time, and gave my husband and I one of the best meals we have had after having our baby. Their staff was very helpful and the food was amazing! Thank you for your wonderful service!
I just wanted to let you folks know my wife and I are enjoying your very good meals. Since my wife is recovering from a cancer operation her thoughtful Bridge group friends ordered the meals to help us out. We have the meatloaf and chicken dinners. Your meals are pretty large so it took the two of us two days to finish just the meatloaf dinners. They were very good! The meatloaf and salad were super. Now we are looking forward to the chicken parmesan.
I was given a gift certificate to Instead of Flowers when I had my baby in September--I could not have received a better gift! The meals are wonderful, and it was a HUGE help to have them delivered to my doorstep in those first few weeks after brining home our daughter. I cannot recommend the quality of the food and the ease of the service enough. I will definitely be using this service for our family -- and as a gift to others -- in the future!
I received a meal for 2 from which I selected the shrimp scampi and the side items that come with that meal. The mandarin salad was delicious but the dressing was awesome, the main course was very tasty, and the side vegetables were yummy. The dinner rolls were good, and the cheesecake squares completed a very nice meal.
We were treated by out-of-town friends to the marvelous pork tenderloin dinner as my husband was recovering from open-heart surgery. It was absolutely terrific! Everything was so flavorful and fresh. We even have enough left-overs for a second dinner. In addition to enjoying the thoughtfulness of our friends, I’m delighted to know of your service which we can use in similar situations in the future.
I received a meal on Feb 14, that I selected the pork roast, of which, there was so many slices. I also requested the mandarin salad again with extra dressing (need to buy that). The mashed potatoes were delicious, along with the rolls. The snap peas were very fresh and the butterscotch squares were the perfect ending to another delicious meal from your company.
I also have added your number to my contact list as I know I'd rather send a meal than flowers. Thank you.
I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate the quality and service you provide. I had family members give me a gift certificate during a difficult time. I now use the site for others and have even ordered when I was too busy to cook (or going out of town and needed to feel like the family ate healthy food). Everything we have tried has been wonderful. I have tried many delivery meal services in the past, and this is the only one I have used again and again. Thanks so much for providing excellent food and polite service.
Staci L. Pearce
Friends of ours ordered the beef brisket to be delivered the day my husband and I moved into our new house. With the stress of moving and unpacking, the meal was a wonderful surprise. The beef brisket was so delicious and the mandarin salad with the asian dressing was so good and unique. We truly loved our experience and such a wonderful gift for many different occasions.
I had a meal delivered today as a surprise for my sister's birthday. It exceeded my expectations! it was packaged perfectly and delivered on time. the food was simply scrumptious.you are a find!I have become a raving fan. I may never have flowers delivered again!
I received a dinner for 2 as a gift. I chose the salmon with wild rice. The meal was wonderful! All of the food was cooked to perfection and easy to serve. Everything was delicious. Loved the rocky road brownies! I
Instead of Flowers is great! I have been lucky enough to be on both the receiving end and the giving end of their wonderful service! Their food is fabulous, not to mention the lovely presentation. I always receive great feedback from those I have “gifted” with their meals. You’ll never go wrong with a meal from Instead of Flowers.
I am 75 and thought I knew all good things in atlanta. I had a thumb operation last week and a couple of friends gave this as a get well gift...I am a expert in food and eating it....your food really impressed us....one thing was better than the next...since we got the gift i have thanked the people who gave it to us 3 times (thats how impressed we are) and told all my children and friends about your company....I told one couple and they said they have given themselves a present three times.....it is better , cheaper and easier than going out....dont know how long you have been in business but I hope you well.....we will be giving your products in the future and also have it for our own dinner.....
We received one of your delightful dinners for my birthday. It was absolutely delicious. We chose the turkey and dressing entre and enjoyed the favorable blend of herbs and seasoning in our selection. Our grandson said it reminded him of Thanksgiving. The broccoli with herb butter was prepared to perfection. My favorite was the mandarin orange salad with the vinaigrette dressing. My husband loved the butterscotch squares as well as the French rolls. Everything was so fresh and tasty. I saved your card and will definitely use you in the near future. What a GREAT GIFT!!
We just had a meal delivered by a friend. It was sooo good. I will never send flowers to a friend again. We will for sure order your meal for someone in the near future! Great company! How clever!
Ali and Jay Roby
My husband and I returned from the hospital where he had had surgery. Something was sitting in front of our door! We walked up to our doorway and there sat a beautiful large green quilt like covered bag with a handsome gold emblem and lettering. The paper attached gave us the promise of a marvelous gift from our good friend Seegar Swanson. What a surprise! What a homecoming!
The first thing we did when we entered the house was to go to the kitchen and open up the bag. WOW! In this zippered insulated bag, which alone is a gift, were numerous containers encircled with various ribbons and labeled with the contents. Unbelievable! There was even a small ice pack under the meat. Well, what we received was a gourmet dinner which lasted us for so many meals. I did not have to go to the store. Yippee!!! My husband who has a poor appetite ate and enjoyed what he ate. This magic bag held vegetables, meat, salad with dressing, rolls, dessert, a card from Seegar and a great magnet about the company. The presentation was excellent, the quantity amazing and the food superb.
You have a fine company which performs a service. Thank you for the delightful meals and the great bag!
CHEERS TO YOU!
I just received a meal from Instead of Flowers. Besides being so excited about having a delicious meal already prepared for me, my whole experience with Instead for Flowers was perfect—the young lady who took my request, was so patient with all my questions and gave me great. additional information. My meal arrived at the designated time I had been told and the gentleman who delivered it was wonderful and had the nicest manners, he was very upbeat, very kind to my dog, and was very attentive to making sure I understood final instructions to get it to the table. He also was sweet as to make sure he was not interrupting me from what I may have been doing.I look forward to ordering for myself and for others.
I just had twins, and was given a gift certificate for two meals from Instead of Flowers. It has been a great gift! We had the beef bourguignon last night, and it was delicious. It came with a salad with delicious dressing, rolls, two sides and plenty of the main dish. My mother was here when it was delivered, and we were so excited opening up the package (it came in a very nice insulated bag that can be reused as well). The meal exceeded all expectations. We are getting the salmon delivered next week, and I am already looking forward to it. It is most definitely a great gift, and more enjoyable than flowers! Thank you.
Dear friends of ours ordered a Instead of Flowers dinner for us. I just had surgery and could not cook. We have never used Instead of Flowers and were really excited to get a special dinner. We went to the web site and created our own meal. We ordered a day ahead of deliver. They delivered right on time. Our meal came in a cute thermo tote. All the courses were ties with colorful ribbon and heating instructions. But, most important....our dinner was delicious and plentiful. We had the Jambalaya, Caesar salad, green beans, fresh rolls and cheese cake squares.
We were very impressed and pleased. We have shared our experience with other friends. We plan on using Instead of Flowers for gifts and for ourselves.... when we don't want to cook and have a healthy meal.
From a happy customer,
My son had serious surgery this summer and my family was the lucky recipient of a gift certificate from Instead of Flowers. Two of his very best friends gave it to us, along with their families. We had neighbors who cooked dinner for us while he was in the hospital for about 10 days straight which was MUCH appreciated. The Instead of Flowers staff called us three times, reminding us to take advantage of our gift and schedule our dinner. We kept putting it off because I (the patient's mother) love to cook and even do so for a local restaurant. As you might expect, we have high standards for our dinners! Thankfully our son has recovered and we are heading to Hilton Head on vacation tomorrow AM. We decided that it would be really nice not to have to make dinner tonight. We cashed in our gift certificate and were thrilled with the delicious eggplant parmesan dinner. I loved the way that everything was wrapped and packaged. The insulated bag is perfect and can be re-used. The dinner was so fabulous. Just an absolutely awesome meal and made our lives so much easier. I have already written a thank you note to our gift givers, but will text them tonight and let them know just how delicious the meal was. Thank you, Instead of Flowers. Wish I'd thought of this!!
Thank you Instead of Flowers for a wonderful meal! A friend of mine used Instead of Flowers to send us a family meal after a recent surgery. The meal was absolutely fantastic! Both, the adults and kids loved it. Everything was extremely tasty and well put together.
We LOVE you guys! We have received a few meals recently and have been so impressed with the food from IOF! It tastes excellent, is packaged so nicely, and always delivered as scheduled. If our family ever gets the opportunity to provide a meal, we will most definitely use IOF. Thanks for an all around great experience.
Awesome!!! I received 2 dinners from your company on Monday and the meals were delicious. We had the Mango chicken on Monday night and the lasagna tonight. The meals were very good and easy to warm up. A perfect gift for someone recovering from surgery. Great idea that I will remember in the future.
I am sooooooo impressed with your services. I served your dinner for four tonight for an early Christmas exchange and celebration, and it was wonderful! I loved the packaging, the easy instructions for serving and most of all the delicious results! The dinner got rave reviews, and I will most definitely order from you again. What a treat!
Two of your meals arrived at our door just the other day. Shrimp and Grits and the Beef Brisket. Both were absolutely wonderful! Along with the sides of green beans, mashed potatoes, 2 different tossed salads, dinner rolls and 2 different desserts the three of us had more than enough for three meals. They were all very easy to heat up and truly very delicious. Restaurant quality. Thank you very much. We plan on using your company for many special occasions for our friends and family.
Thank you for providing a true quality meal and delivery system.
Ashley & staff -
We thoroughly enjoyed our meal you all graciously delivered today compliments of the Vientes! It was delicious -- perfectly cooked, flavored & presented! Just wanted ya'll to know your service is appreciated!
Jeff & Dawn
Thank you, we always get rave reviews from staff we send you to, especially the new parents.
Keep up the great work, we appreciate being able to use your services.
I have been using Instead of Flowers for over 3 years now and I couldn’t be more satisfied. I have used them for new mothers, people coming home from the hospital and when I really don’t want to cook. People are always thanking me for such a different way of expressing what I feel for the recipient. The food is delicious and there are always leftovers for the next day. I cannot think of a better way to be a good and caring friend than sending a delicious meal from Instead of Flowers.
Peachtree Tents and Events
We appreciate you and your great service --- every time we send a meal people are blown away one by the actual service, and two the quality of the food. We think together, our two companies make a pretty good team!
Instead of Flowers allows you to lend a hand with their deliciously prepared and delivered meals. There have been numerous occasions for our family to reach out to friends or family members with a meal. You can create a feast
of your own or let their gourmet menu make it's own statement. They are just a phone call away and have quickly become my favorite special delivery.
The Glavine Family
Our faculty and staff love receiving a meal from "Instead of Flowers." They are always surprised and love the delicious meals. Our Department values wellness and we never send flowers - only "Instead of Flowers."
Department of Emergency Medicine at Emory
I have just experienced my first Instead of Flowers dinner. It was a wonderful 70th birthday present from a life long friend. The salmon was delicious, well seasoned and properly cooked as were the vegetables and rice. Dessert and sald were fresh and wonderful.
Hello! What a wonderful treat we had last night. My wife's company had ordered a dinner for us after her surgery and we had it delivered last night. We enjoyed a scrumptious meal of pork tenderloin with all of the trimmings. Kudos for a great idea, a professional staff, and a great dinner. We really appreciated it.
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