Parents have replaced cake with a pizza for their baby's birth day, and it's amazing!
Ah, yes, the first sign of maturity in a child's transition from baby to toddlerhood. What adoring parent wouldn't want to signify that change with a good old-fashioned cake smash if only to watch the youngster send a slew of crumbs flying around the dining room and decorate itself with icing while enjoying a morsel of the sweet stuff?
Not Sam and Jenny Runge, of Troy, Missouri. Nope, instead of a cake, they opted for baby Adaline to try out one mondo pizza pie. The photos that document the results are pure gold. The kid is as St. Louis as the blues that made the city famous. After all, Adaline's choice of pie comes from Imo's, a mom-and-pop operation that prides itself in using Provel cheese to make what they dub "original St. Louis-style pizza."
There's no indication of what kind of pizza baby Adaline was crunching on with her infant gums. According to the Imo's menu, the family had a choice of up to 20 toppings from anchovy to pepperoni or could select up to five specialty pizzas from the deluxe to barbecue chicken.
Abigail Gorski, who runs her own photography studio was on hand to click the shutters and immortalize the occasion. Her Facebook posting has since so far yielded 285 likes, 236 comments, and 429 shares.
All of which could add to a series of new marketing opportunities for Gorski and Imo's. Given the strategic placement of the pizza box in each of the shots, with the lid propped up like a billboard, there's no doubt that the adorable images double as photo-ops. On Facebook, Gorski added a few lines in her post promoting the amenities of Imo's.
At least the young 'un's partaking in a slice of the 'za eliminates any sugar rush, and no doubt the protein will certainly help. Still, will this be an incentive for parents in other cities to forego the cake-smashing rite-of-passage in favor of cuisine that's reflective of their municipalities?
Just imagine! Baby burns lips in Buffalo on a plate of hot wings! Junior chokes down a bratwurst at a Chicago Bears tailgate party! Tyke executes endless waves of flatulence after downing a dish of Boston beans!
Oh, the possibilities are endless.