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.
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.
I can't say enough great things about Instead of Flowers. I have received their yummy meals and sent them to numerous folks for a variety of occasions. It seems that everyone my husband and I know are having babies. Not being a good cook, but wanting to do something for the new parents, IOF is the perfect, thoughtful gift. The best part of IOF (besides the very good food) is the convenience. They deliver when it is convenient for the person receiving the meals. IOF comes highly recommended from our family.
As a long-time customer, I have been extremely pleased with Instead of Flowers. I've placed dozens of orders with you and each one has been processed in a fast, courteous and professional manner. Whether I'm ordering a get well meal or a new baby meal - or even a gift certificate - each order always arrives on time. The recipients have always been pleasantly surprised to receive an actual gourmet meal as opposed to a floral arrangement. And I've heard nothing but great things regarding the quality of the meals. Thanks very much for your continued wonderful customer service.
Jacki Williams Franklin
Kilpatrick Stockton LLP
Frustrated when you call the florist in the afternoon after a client/friend has an illness or baby only to be told that your arrangement could not go out until the next day?
Frustrated at what to give that special client, friend or loved one for a birthday, holiday gift or special occasion and do not know what to get?
Instead of Flowers has relieved that frustration for me. They specialize in personal service, delicious meals, creative packaging and a wonderful culinary experience. Every time I have sent one of their meals, I have heard these same words over and over - "that was one of the best gifts I have ever received". The staff at Instead of Flowers is professional from the time they answer the phone to the time your order is delivered. It is a pleasure to do business with someone who takes pride in their service as well as their product.
We have used Instead of Flowers as a housewarming gift for several years. Our clients are so impressed with the quality of the food and the service that they often go on to send an Instead of Flowers meal themselves.
ArjÃ© & Jim McCarty
The McCarty Group
Keller Williams Atlanta Perimeter
Just wish I could "feed back" you ALL at Instead of Flowers for the sumptuous feast you provided (my friend) on 8/7/08! She shared with me and we reveled in the gluttony! Beautiful work and presentation, splendid meal, and so welcomed!
Ms. Leland Draper
Advocate for Patients and Seniors
Â…everything was delicious, fresh and delivered on time. GREAT IDEA!!
Our meals and all other food products are always fresh and never frozen. Because of this, we only ship overnight or via a local courier. We are based in the Atlanta, GA and will use a courier service to deliver your order quickly. Once an order is placed, we will contact the recipient to inform them of our delivery window- this is done to ensure that someone is home or will be home shortly to receive the order. Unfortunately, we are unable to deliver on holidays.
1. Orders shipped via FedEx must be placed by 5pm and require a 48hr notice.
2. Orders shipped via FedEx may be ordered 7 days a week and will be delivered Tue-Fri only by 5pm.
||3. Orders shipped via a metro Atlanta courier must be ordered by 3pm (M-F)to be delivered the next business day. Local deliveries will be made between 3-6pm.*|
*We Appreciate as much notice as possible.*
Our meals are chilled and placed in a re-usable cooler (FedEx deliveries) to allow the freshest delivery possible. Preparation instructions are also included for your convenience.
Overnight shipping charges are calculated online automatically based upon FedEX rates.
With respect to delivery of food products, Instead of Flowers acts as a bona fide purchasing agent of delivery services for our customer. As such, the point of sale for sales tax and risk of loss purposes occurs when your food is picked up by the delivery service at our location, 1331 Marietta Blvd, Atlanta, GA 30318. All sales are considered to be ‘free-on-board’ (FOB) shipping point.
How are recipients notified of the gift?
If a Recipient's Choice meal is purchased, we will call them to notify them that a meal has been purchased. We can also email if that is preferred.
If a Gift Certificate is purchased, we will either mail or email the certificate depending on which method is selected by the sender.
How do I redeem a Gift Certificate?
If you already have an InsteadofFlowers.com account, simply visit http://www.insteadofflowers.com/redeem, login and enter your gift certificate number. If you're new to InsteadofFlowers.com, visit http://www.insteadofflowers.com/redeem and create an account. Once your account has been created, there is a link at the bottom of the account page to redeem your gift certificate.
Do you deliver on the weekends?
Unfortunately, we are unable to deliver on the weekends, however we deliver Monday-Friday between the hours of 3pm & 6pm. For a weekend meal, we recommend delivery for Friday and reheating when you are ready to enjoy.
Do you deliver on holidays?
Unfortunately, we are unable to deliver on the following holidays:
New Years Day
What is the difference between shipping and delivery?
All out of state orders and some distant Georgia orders are shipped via FedEx Express. All local/Metro Atlanta orders are delivered via courier.
Can I substitute menu items?
Yes, you can design your own meal by changing side items. There may be an additional charge for substituting a deluxe item for a standard item.
What is your order cut-off time?
All orders must be ordered by 3pm the day prior to your desired delivery/pick-up date.
Are your meals ready to eat?
Our meals require reheating. Please follow the recommended reheating instructions that come with every meal.
Do you have to remove the plastic lid from the container prior to reheating?
Yes, the foil pans are oven/microwave safe, but the plastic lids must be removed before reheating in the oven.
Do I have to be home to accept delivery?
No, all meals are made fresh, refrigerated, and then delivered to your door in an insulated cooler bag. We do recommend that you are at home to accept delivery to insure the freshness of the meal by immediately storing the items in your refrigerator. If you are not home, your meal will be left for you.
What is the difference between Standard Meals & Deluxe Meals?
There is a difference in menu options, as well as, price. The Deluxe Meals are our upgraded menu options, and the Standard Meals are our more basic, home-style menu options. The Deluxe Meals for 2 people & 4 people are $10 more than the Standard Meals. The Deluxe Meals for 6 people are $15 more than the Standard Meals.
Do you offer meals for those with dietary restrictions? ie: gluten free, low sodium, low fat, kosher style, vegan
With at least 48 hours notice we can design a meal to fit within your dietary needs.
If I have received at Standard Meal, may I add the additional charge and get a Deluxe Meal or a meal for more people?
Yes, we would simply need a credit card at the time of order for any additional charges.
Who do I contact regarding a charge on my credit card?
If you have a question regarding a charge on your credit card please feel free to contact us by phone to discuss @ 404-351-7171. If you dispute any charge with your issuing credit card company our merchant service company automatically charges us a $15.00 fee. Therefore if your dispute is our error we will absorb the fee; however, if the dispute is your error we will have to transfer that $15.00 fee back to you. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.