There's a sweet story behind the choice of tacos over cake for this adorable little girl's first birthday party.
Back when my kids turned 1, cake smashes were not yet a thing. Such a bummer, right? Because now, no first birthday party is complete without a small frosted cake made just for the guest of honor, plus all the resulting face-full-of-icing pictures.
But Missouri mom Monica Phillips recently decided to put a new twist on the whole cake smash trend for her daughter Delta's first birthday by swapping out the standard-issue sculpted pile of processed sugar for a tray of soft tacos from Taco Bell.
Check out the adorable images photographer Julia Marie shared of the event over on Facebook:
"Anyone who knows me knows how much I LOVE tacos! I could eat them for every meal!" Julia wrote in the caption. "So you can only imagine just how excited I was to find out that Delta's mom wanted to do a Taco Bell themed first birthday smash with tacos! This session was so much fun and couldn't have been any more perfect! Taco bout a party!!"
Too cute! And bonus points for that spot-on pun. But why tacos? Well for starters, Monica told us that her first unofficial date with her husband took place at Taco Bell. Then there's the fact that Monica's water broke in the Taco Bell drive-thru when she was pregnant with her second daughter Mariah.
"My husband handed the bag of food over to me and as I reached for it my water broke," she explained to Parents.com. "Two hours later Mariah was born! I didn't even get a chance to eat my food."
And while Phillips says Delta loves to eat, she's not not necessarily into sweets. Tacos, however, appear to be her jam.
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"We don't eat out a lot, but when we do it's Taco Bell!" Phillips told us. "I usually get Delta a cheese roll up but she had some of my soft taco one night and enjoyed it so I knew she would love this photo shoot. She is a big fan of cheese so the shredded cheese is her favorite but she also ate the lettuce, meat, and tortilla. She isn't too picky."
Aw! Happy birthday little Taco Belle—you are definitely nacho average 1-year-old!
Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and mom of two who writes about parenting and pop culture. Check out her websiteholleeactmanbecker.comfor more, and then follow her on Instagram and Twitter.