A few months ago, near the beginning of my pregnancy, I had the pleasure of visiting our local Dream Dinners for a blogger dining experience. I had a great time at the event, getting to make the meals was super easy and it was a ton of fun seeing blogging friends and catching up while making the meals. The whole time I couldn’t help but think how the event would have been perfect for a baby shower or baby sprinkle.
The Dream Dinners Experience
When you sign up for the Dream Dinners experience you get the opportunity to pick a date to visit the store, a variety of dishes (the menu changes each month) and number of servings. On the date of your visit you get to join others in prepping your meals. At the end of the two hours you’ll go home with your meals ready to go into the freezer for whenever you are ready for a quick and delicious meal with all the instructions ready to go. You can choose to do this experience on any of the open sessions, invite friends along or schedule a private session for just you and your friends.
Okay, okay… so, maybe the idea of prepping dinners doesn’t sound super thrilling to you. I get it. When I have to cook dinner I don’t especially love the process. But, what I do love, is going to a place where everything has been prepped for me and I don’t have to do any of the dishes! Check out the organization skills… gotta love the good use of a label maker.
The cost of the meal includes all of the food items that you can follow to the recipe or decide to customize by leaving out ingredients that picky eaters may not enjoy. It also includes the packaging and cooking instructions. There are additional sides and meals already prepped and ready for purchase in the store as well. I bought a few sides and breakfast meals to throw in our freezer at home in addition to the meals I made at the event.
So, how does it all taste?
It was great! The whole family really loved the meals that we tried and the instructions were super easy to follow. My husband actually made all three meals the days that we ate them and didn’t have any problems following the instructions. He isn’t a novice in the kitchen, but there is no way he’d have been able to whip up the Chateau Chicken with Almond Butter Sauce on his own. In addition to the Chateau Chicken I tried Arroz Con Pollo and Limoncello Shrimp with Coconut Rice.
Note: Dream Dinners does have some availability in customizing a recipe or two by leaving out an ingredient you may or may not like. But, it isn’t super customizable when it comes to items that are gluten, allergy or meat free. Check out the site’s Health and Nutrition FAQs for more info on this. The menus are available on-line as well, so you do get quite a few options in what meals you and your family would like. In addition, the packaging includes lots of plastic bags and aluminum. While much better than a frozen meal at the grocery store, it isn’t the most eco-friendly.
How to throw a Dream Dinners Baby Shower
When I was in my first pregnancy I worked about 25 hours a week and I had maybe a 15 minute commute. I also didn’t have a toddler. I prepped for the baby coming by making a LOT of frozen meals. As a matter of fact, I was prepping large portions of spaghetti and meatballs for freezing the whole beginning stages of labor. The meals were so fantastic the first month of our kiddo’s life.
This pregnancy has been….well, different. I have a full time gig, commute 1 hour each way and a toddler. Not complaining, I love my life. But, the idea of spending my little free time prepping meals for after the baby arrives is not super appealing. A showering of pre-made meals sounds like the perfect baby shower or baby sprinkle for someone who may have most of the baby gear all ready to go.
Read on to find out how to throw a Dream Dinners baby shower!
Non-Host Dream Dinners Baby Shower
Dream Dinners allows for private parties where you can schedule a date and invite friends to join. Approximately 10 to 12 guests can have the store area for a full two hours without any extra charge. The guests will simply choose the meals that they’d like to make and pay for the meals through the Dream Dinners website. On the date of the event your party will get to eat samples and make meals to take home. For a non-host shower, everyone could pay for themselves and choose one meal to donate to the mommy-to-be! The guests would get to enjoy everyone’s company, make meals together, shower the mom-to-be with the gift of after-baby meals AND go home with meals themselves.
Full-Host Dream Dinners Baby Shower
While I think a non-host party sounds like a great option for an affordable baby sprinkle, you may want to take care of the costs of the entire party and make sure the mommy-to-be gets really showered. Call to schedule your party, order the food items yourself and send out the invites. Everyone can help put together the meals and the mommy-to-be can bring them home for the evening. Want a really amazing party favor? Have each guest leave with one meal too!
To schedule a private party visit the private sessions portion of the Dream Dinners website. Dream Dinners has locations in 25 states across the country. Check out their locations page to find a store near you.
Dream Dinners invited me to discover the full Dream Dinners experience at a complimentary bloggers night. The bloggers in attendance were able to make three dishes to try at home. All opinions are my own. Please see my policies for more information.