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Dinning in with Dixie Delights: Valentine’s Day Fun

For February, we decided to enjoy our meal as an early Valentine’s Day celebration. I fondly remember the years when Honey and I would set a special table in the den after the boys were tucked in bed on Valentine’s Day, praying they actually stayed in bed. And then the years when they could stay up with us, but we enjoyed simpler things like heart shaped ravioli and heart shaped pizza. I’d carefully craft cucumbers with a mini heart shaped cutter, and fashion cherry tomatoes into hearts for our salads. Now that they are teens, they look forward to dining with us over a gourmet meal on Valentine’s Day. (And I am SO happy to have them at my table, no matter the holiday, day of the week or occasion.) I set a beautiful table for our candlelit dinner and, I must admit, it is so much more fun to do this knowing I don’t also have to make the meal!

Instead of Flowers - Valentine’s Day Fun

Each meal contains a salad, bread, entree with sides and dessert, and quick heat and eat instructions are provided. I loved that everything was prepared with literally zero work, and I was able to do it all at the same oven temp.

Instead of Flowers - Valentine’s Day Meal Delivered

While our main course heated, I plated and served the salad. We chose the Mandarin salad with house vinaigrette, and it was absolutely delicious! The meal is packaged so thoughtfully that even the salad container was layered so that as you spoon it onto plates everyone gets a little of everything. There’s no need to even toss it in a separate bowl!

Instead of Flowers - Valentine’s Day Salad

Each entree is portioned to serve two and there are so many to choose from! We loved the sound of the sides Instead of Flowers had paired with the Beef Brisket meal and didn’t change a thing, although that is absolutely an option.

  • Slow smoked barbecue beef brisket, served with our own sweet, tangy Georgia peach barbecue Sauce
  • Mandarin salad with house vinaigrette
  • Sauteed haricots verts with grape tomatoes
  • Mashed red skinned potatoes

Everything was delicious and there was just enough for one leftover plate. I thought for sure it would be mine but woke up the next day to a text from John “I call that fantastic brisket. Leave them a good review from me.” No kidding – he used the word fantastic. He’s never given my cooking such a rave review. 🙂

Instead of Flowers - Valentine’s Day Beef Brisket

For dessert, we did one with Caramel Apple Bars and one with Lemon Bars. After John called the brisket leftovers, little brother followed up putting his name on the last few bites of the sweets. Again, both were delicious!

Instead of Flowers - Valentine’s Day Caramel Apple Bars

In addition to setting the table, my only to-do was to pick and pop a bottle of bubbles. I thought this prosecco rose fit the bill.

You can read about our Filet Mignon meal here. After this second meal, I have four items on my wish-to-recreate list…. the Warm Bacon Dressing and Butterscotch Bars from meal one and the Tangy Peach BBQ sauce and Mashed Red Skinned Potatoes from meal two. YUM.

I cannot recommend Instead of Flowers enough. The entire process has been flawless both times and it is a huge treat to enjoy this type of meal at home without lifting a finger. If you have littles at home this Valentine’s Day, forgot to make a reservation out, or just don’t love dining out on February 14 with overcrowded restaurants and prix fixe menus, use my discount code and enjoy a divine meal at home!

Discount Code for 10% off your order: DIXIEDINNER

Let me know what y’all pick! We are counting down the days to March!

Camanda – Instead of Flowers - Valentine’s Day Fun

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Dinner in With Dixie Delights: I Love Instead of Flowers

Just after Christmas and before we rang in 2023, a sweet friend offered us a meal delivered from Instead of Flowers. It was absolutely wonderful and one of the biggest treats of the season!

We decided to use our special delivery for a gourmet meal and game night! I set the table earlier in the day, which was a fun little activity to do knowing I didn’t have to cook. 🙂

 

We were able to choose the meals we wanted and set up courier delivery right to our front door on the day of our choice. I got a text saying our meal had arrived and rushed out to find this fun sight! Inside and carefully packed was our meal for four. Each meal contains a salad, bread, entree with sides and dessert.

Instead of Flowers - Dinner with Dixie Delights Meal Delivered

Quick heat and eat instructions were provided. I loved that everything was prepared quickly and I was able to do it all at the same oven temp. While our main course heated, I plated and served the salad. We chose the Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing and it was absolutely delicious! There was a little dressing left and I enjoyed on my lunch salad the next day.

Instead of Flowers - Dinner with Dixie Delights Featured Salad

Each entree is portioned to serve two and there are so many to choose from! After pouring through the site, we all decided on the 6 oz. Filet Mignon with Bordelaise Sauce. We loved the sides suggested with this meal – Potatoes Au Gratin and Steamed Asparagus – but you do have the ability to swap out for something else. Everything was absolutely delicious! I had enough left for my lunch the next day too!

Instead of Flowers - Dinner with Dixie Delights Meal Served

For dessert, we did one with Butterscotch Bars and one with Cheesecake Squares. Both were tasty, but I’m still thinking about the butterscotch bars!

As for the rest of our evening, we played our new game – Sequence – late into the night!

 

Instead of Flowers - Dinner with Dixie Delights Dessert

I cannot recommend Instead of Flowers enough. The entire process was flawless and it was a huge treat to enjoy this type of meal at home without lifting much of a finger. I will definitely be using them when I need to deliver a meal to someone and I think Honey and I would have been huge fans back with the boys were tiny and at-home date nights were the main way we connected and celebrated!

On top of all that, Instead of Flowers is a small Atlanta-based business!
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Valentine Plans for Everyone!

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and we have you covered! Whether it is a romantic date night in, Galantine get-together or you want to send something special to someone who may be having a hard time this time of year, our meals are made to matter to the person who receives them!

Galantine’s Dinner

Gather the girls for a delicious dinner at your home this year! Our full coursed, gourmet dinners can be curated for your favorite friends. Here are a few of our favorites for the girls!

1. Vegan Crab Cakes

Instead of Flowers - Vegan Crab Cakes

Handmade vegan crab cakes made with artichokes, hearts of palm & nori with a coconut lemon caper sauce. Pairs perfectly with:

  • Couscous
  • Fresh Steamed Asparagus with Vegan Herb Butter
  • Vegan Dinner Rolls
  • Mandarin Salad with a Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Vegan Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache

2. Shrimp and Grits

Instead of Flowers - Shrimp and Grits

Shrimp and stone-ground cheese grits with southern gravy. Pairs perfectly with:

  • Sauteed Haricots Verts with Grape Tomatoes
  • Garden Salad with House Vinaigrette
  • French Bread Rolls
  • Rocky Road Brownies

3. NEW! Blackened Salmon

Instead-of Flowers - Blackned Salmon

Blackened Salmon with mango chutney. Pairs perfectly with:

  • Steamed Asparagus
  • Spinach Salad
  • French Bread Rolls
  • Cheesecake Squares

4. Mango Chicken

Instead of Flowers - Mango Chicken

Sautéed chicken medallions served with a mango chutney over a bed of yellow rice. Pairs perfectly with:

  • Mandarin Salad with House Vinaigrette
  • Steamed Broccoli with Herb Butter
  • French Bread Rolls
  • Butterscotch Bars

Each delicious dinner comes with bread (gluten free available) and a salad to start. We love the spinach salad with bacon vinaigrette or choose a traditional Caesar salad.

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After the final course, you and the girls will have to satisfy that sweet tooth with one of our delightful desserts! We love the Carmel Apple bars, Lemon Cheesecake and Rocky Road brownies. Can’t decide? Try the assorted desserts option for a little bit of everything!

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Once you have the menu planned, choose the perfect place setting to really impress your guests. Saving time from being in the kitchen will give you a little extra time to plan your theme. We love a favorite things party or even pajamas and prosecco!

Date Night In

Skip the crowds this year and order a decadent dinner in for your Valentine! Our menu has something for everyone – from seafood and steak to Asian and Italian – the choices are endless. Save time cooking and cleaning up this year and give your loved one quality time around the table – stress and worry-free.

Here are a few of our favorites for a Valentine Dinner in!

Steak and Lobster

Instead of Flowers - Steak and Lobster

Filet Mignon with Bordelaise Sauce & Lobster Tail. Pairs perfectly with:

  • Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing
  • Twice Baked Potatoes (contains bacon)
  • Steamed Asparagus
  • French Bread Rolls
  • Butterscotch Bars

Beef Brisket

Instead of Flowers - Beef-Brisket

Slow smoked barbecue beef brisket, served with our own sweet, tangy Georgia peach barbecue sauce. Pairs perfectly with:

  • Mandarin salad with house vinaigrette
  • Sauteed haricots verts with grape tomatoes
  • Mashed red skinned potatoes
  • French bread rolls
  • Caramel Apple bars

Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Bordelaise Sauce

Instead of Flowers - Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Bordelaise Sauce

Roasted pork tenderloin with bordelaise sauce. Pairs perfectly with:

  • Spinach Salad with a Warm Bacon Dressing
  • Fresh Green Beans
  • Mashed Red Skinned Potatoes
  • French Bread Rolls
  • Butterscotch Bars

Valentine’s Day Can be Hard

Valentines can also be a hard time for some. Maybe you have a loved one who is far away, or someone you care about recently lost someone they love. Send a meal that will matter and make someone’s day a little brighter. At Instead of Flowers, we want to help you send a little kindness from our kitchen. Send a little love and comfort with these favorites.

Meat-Filled Lasagna

Instead of Flowers - Meat Filled Lasagna

Layers of fresh pasta, cheese, marinara, ground beef and Italian sausage. Pairs perfectly with:

  • Caesar Salad
  • Sauteed Zucchini & Squash
  • French Bread Rolls
  • Cheesecake Squares

Chicken Florentine

Instead of Flowers - Chicken Florentine

Chicken & spinach casserole topped with herbed breadcrumbs. Pairs perfectly with:

  • Mandarin salad with house vinaigrette
  • Fresh green beans with herb butter
  • French bread rolls
  • Rocky road brownies

Asian Chicken Stir-Fry

Instead of Flowers - Asian Chicken Stir Fry

Asian chicken stir-fry with teriyaki glaze. Pairs perfectly with:

  • Mandarin Salad with House Vinaigrette
  • Brown Rice
  • French Bread Rolls
  • Butterscotch Bars

No matter what your plans are this year – do something kind for someone in your life with a meal made from the heart! Whether it’s hosting the girls for galantine’s dinner, a romantic date night in or a kind gesture for someone who may be struggling this time of year, let us do the cooking – it’s the thought that counts!

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Holiday Hosting

Decadent dinner parties await with our full course, gourmet meals delivered to your door. Hosting for the holidays? Leave the cooking to us this season and host friends and family stress free! From an intimate holiday dinner with the one you love on New Year’s, to larger family gatherings for Christmas or Hannukah, let our chefs curate the menu for your next dinner party so you can enjoy time with the special people in your life.

How it works

Ordering a gourmet dinner for 2 or 20 has never been easier! Our meal packages are designed for a custom dining experience for all your guests. Choose the menu based on diet restrictions, price, or personal preference. From start to finish, our full course meals are made to create a culinary experience for you and your guests. Start your dinner with our fresh baked French bread rolls and your favorite salad before your main course, complete with the perfect sides. Want to get extra fancy? Try our NEW Lobster tail add-on! Our portions are hearty, so make sure you leave room for the final course – a delicious dessert. May we suggest the rocky road brownies?

Once you have chosen the perfect menu, order easily online and choose your delivery date. Our meals will arrive ready to heat and serve in temperature-controlled bag with easy-to-follow instructions. No more messy kitchens or long grocery lists. Let us do the cooking this year!

Instead of Flowers Meals – Holiday Dinners

Holiday Dinners

Gather round the table for fancy food and fellowship this holiday season. Hosting for the holidays has never been easier with our heat and serve full coursed dinners. Looking for some inspiration on how to host for the holidays? From Hannukah to Christmas, these delightful dishes and tablescapes will have you ready to host something – stress-free!

Instead of Flowers Meals – Holiday Hosting – New Years Date Night

New Year’s Date Night In

Dazzle your date with a New Year’s Dinner at home this year! Our filet and lobster dinner is the perfect way to celebrate a New Year with the one you love in the comfort of your own home. Set the scene for a romantic date night for two or host your favorite couples. Grab a bottle of champagne to toast and leave the rest to our chefs – hosting for the holidays has never been easier! Not able to be with your parents or loved ones? Send them a special gift to be with them in spirit and ring in the new year with a smile.

Something for Everyone

Instead of Flowers Meals – Holiday Hosting – Something for everyone

From gluten-free and vegan to kids’ meals, we have something for all your guests this holiday season and beyond. Our chef curated menu can create a decadent dining experience with filet and lobster or create a more casual dining affair with our chicken Florentine, homemade lasagna, or stir-fry. Whether fancy or casual, each full course meal includes rolls (gluten free available), salad, side, entrée, and a delicious dessert (gluten free choices available). From start to finish, our gourmet meals are the perfect way to host for the holidays – stress free. Enjoy the extra time with loved ones, family and friends and delegate the dinner to us! It also makes a great gift for those special people who you won’t be with in person.

Need some help choosing the menu? No problem! Our gourmet menu has something for every taste, diet, and budget. Here are a few of our fan favorites to get you started!

Standard Meal: Fan Favorite – Homemade Meatloaf

Our homemade meatloaf is made with ground pork, veal, and beef and served with your choice of marinara sauce or mushroom glace.

Pairs perfectly with:

  • Mandarin Salad with House Vinaigrette
  • Steamed Broccoli with Herb Butter
  • Mashed Red Skinned Potatoes
  • French Bread Rolls (gluten free available)
  • Rocky Road Brownies (gluten free available)

Instead of Flowers Meals – Holiday Hosting – Fan Favorite - Beef Bourguignon

Deluxe Meal: Fan Favorite – Beef Bourguignon

Our braised teres major is served with onion, mushrooms, and carrots in burgundy bordelaise sauce.

Pairs perfectly with:

  • Garden Salad with House Vinaigrette
  • Fresh Green Beans with Herb Butter
  • Egg Noodles
  • French Bread Rolls (gluten free available)
  • Butterscotch Bars

Instead of Flowers Meals – Holiday Hosting – Fan Favorite - Beef Brisket

Premier Meal: Fan Favorite – Beef Brisket

Our slow smoked barbecue beef brisket is served with our very own sweet, tangy Georgia peach barbecue sauce.

Pairs perfectly with:

  • Mandarin salad with house vinaigrette
  • Sauteed haricots verts with grape tomatoes
  • Mashed red skinned potatoes
  • French bread rolls (gluten free available)
  • Caramel Apple bars

Instead of Flowers Meals – Holiday Hosting – Fan Favorite - Asian Tofu Stir-Fry

Vegetarian Meal: Fan Favorite – Asian Tofu Stir-Fry

Our Asian vegetable stir-fry with tofu is served with our house made teriyaki glaze.

Pairs perfectly with:

  • Mandarin Salad with House Vinaigrette
  • Brown Rice
  • French Bread Rolls (gluten free available)
  • Butterscotch Bars

Gluten Free Meal: Fan Favorite – Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Bordelaise Sauce – Gluten-Free

Our roasted pork tenderloin is served with our homemade bordelaise sauce.

Pairs perfectly with:

  • Spinach salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Sesame Snow Peas
  • Mashed Red Skinned Potatoes
  • Gluten-Free French Bread Rolls
  • Gluten-Free Brownies

Instead of Flowers Meals – Holiday Hosting – Fan Favorite – Chicken Fingers

Kids Meals: Fan Favorite – Chicken Fingers

We can’t forget about the kids! From chicken fingers and butter noodles to meatloaf and shrimp – we have something for even the smallest guests!

When is your next dinner party? We hope you will let us do the cooking!

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Holiday Gift Guide – Give the Gift of Gourmet

As the holidays approach, it is time to start thinking about the loved ones on your list. At Instead of Flowers, we know nothing says you care, quite like a meal made from the heart. This year, give the gift that always fits – a gourmet, full course meal. We promise, it will be a gift that matters.

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For Him:

Calling all steak lovers! Our 6 oz filet is for you! Treat your fella with our Premier steak dinner paired with our favorite twice baked potato, salad, and asparagus or perhaps he would prefer the au gratin potatoes and French green beans. No matter his tastebuds, the options are endless and sure to be a hit!

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For Her:

Looking for an experience for that special someone in your life? How about a romantic date night in with a delicious dinner delivered to your doorstep? She will thank you for a clean kitchen, quality time and a custom gourmet meal with all her favorite foods.

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For the Family:

Want to give the gift of time around the table for a family you love? We offer something for everyone, including the kids! Our recipient’s choice option allows your loved one to build their own menu – from lasagna to lobster and everything in between, we have a meal for one and all.

Instead of Flowers - Holiday Gift Guide

For the Grandparents:

Send the grandparents a meal full of comfort to show you care. From hearty beef bourguignon to traditional meatloaf – there are so many cold weather options to send to family members both near and far.

Instead of Flowers - Holiday Gift Guide

For the Teacher:

Looking for the perfect gift for your favorite teacher? An Instead of Flowers gift card is the perfect treat for that extra-special educator. Allow your teacher to enjoy the holidays at home this year, with a meaningful meal delivered straight to their door!

Instead of Flowers - Holiday Gift Guide

For the Client or Employee:

Corporate gifting can be so hard. Why not send something that will warm the hearts and fill the bellies of your favorite clients and employees this holiday season. Your recipient will surely enjoy a chef prepared meal during the hustle and bustle of the holidays!

Instead of Flowers - Holiday Gift Guide

More people on the list? Our meals are made for anyone and any occasion – there is always a reason to do something kind for someone. In the craziness of the holidays and the jam-packed schedule – give the gift of time around the table to everyone on your list this year – we promise, it will make their day just a little bit better!

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Fall in Love With Pretty Porch Dinner Dates

Our Tips for the Perfect Porch Meal

Fall is here and that means, crisp autumn weather and pretty porch dinners. Here are tips for creating the perfect porch date night!

1. Menu musts:

Date nights at home can be just as fancy and fun as dinner out at the finest restaurant. Our three-course menus offer a culinary experience in the comfort of your own home. Enjoy an evening with someone special at home and let us do the cooking. Take a peek at our perfect porch date night menu.

Instead of Flowers Meal Gifts - Fall in Love With Pretty Porch Dinner Dates

2. Set the scene:

Create a pretty place to dine to make you feel like you are somewhere special. We love the idea of taking a tray and adding a placemat for a to-go dinning experience. Trays allow you to dine on that comfy outdoor couch by the outdoor fire or even picnic style. Prefer a table? Just add some table linens and candlelight for that extra special touch.

Instead of Flowers Meal Gifts - Fall in Love With Pretty Porch Dinner Dates

3. Sunset view:

Our easy to prepare meals allow you to time your meal just right. Simply follow the heating instructions on your dish and you are ready to enjoy both the meal and the sunset!

4. Who needs a sitter:

The best part of a date night in for a family, no sitter is needed. Did you know we also offer a children’s menu? Our items are kid tested and approved! From chicken fingers to butter noodles, keep the kids fed and happy with a delicious dinner you don’t have to cook!

We hope you enjoyed these porch dinner tips – what’s your favorite date night in tip?

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When life gives you lemons… send a meal!

Making the most of the tough times with a meal that matters

Sending sympathy is never easy. At Instead of Flowers, we love celebrating the good times, but also understand the importance of being there for people during the hard times. Our promise is that each meal will truly matter to the person who receives it. Send a little kindness from our kitchen.

Meals that Matter:

From the loss of a loved one to the loss of a job, delivering dinner answers the question, “what can I do to help?” A long-standing tradition, who doesn’t remember their mother carefully cooking a casserole for a sick friend or delivering a meal to send sympathy for a loss? Food has always provided comfort and care.

 

Something for Everyone:

Our menu is made to carefully curate the perfect dinner for the ones you love. From lasagna to lobster and everything in between – our menu has something for everyone. We offer vegetarian and gluten free options as well as kid menus to cover families both big and small.

 

Make it Personal:

Whether you make the menu or leave the choices up to your recipient, each dinner is made to matter. Personalize each meal with a sweet sentiment and leave the rest to us!

 

How it works:

Instead of Flowers Meal Gifts - When life gives you lemons… send a meal!