Mehlville High School students found there is more than one way to ask a date to the big dance as several seniors and their partners celebrated prom Saturday night at the Ballpark Hilton in downtown St. Louis.
A simple phone call could do the trick. Perhaps the old passing of a note in class may also work. However, as many students discovered, a little creativity can go a long way when finding a partner for prom.
This year, the more creative methods of choice seemed to involve food and baked goods.
Mehlville High School senior Stephen Burger has never baked a cake in his life. Well, "maybe once," he said. When it came to asking his date to prom though, his baking skills were put to the test.
He showed off a photo of his creation on his cell phone. Against white icing, the word "Prom?" was written in blue lettering. "It took me four tries," Burger said.
"One day he came to school with this huge cake," said his date, Nikolina Golob. "I was really surprised," she said, answering his question with a yes.
Like all proms, the dance is a last hurrah for high school seniors before graduation and Burger did not lose sight of this.
"I just figured it's a once in a lifetime thing so it would be something she could remember," he said.
Across the ballroom, fellow classmate Dan Packer sat with his date, Tiffany Spurr. Getting to that point also involved some creativity on Packer's part.
After dipping strawberries in milk chocolate, Packer used white chocolate to write the critical question on each strawberry—"Prom?" He then presented them to Spear.
"It just kind of popped in my head as a good idea and something nice to do," Packer said.
"I was in shock," Spear said with a giggle. "But it was cute... I liked it." Packer got the answer he was looking for. Naturally, she said yes.