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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.

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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!

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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!