Stoke star Peter Crouch celebrates after scoring his 100th Premier League goal against Everton
But neither goal nor the moves were enough to secure three points for Stoke as Everton fought back with a controversial own-goal equaliser from Ryan Shawcross.
Crouch, who at 36 knows most of his dancing days are behind him but is intent on showing he can still cut it at the top level, had promised to wheel out his famous goal celebration, first minted in the build-up to the 2006 World Cup, on reaching his milestone.
And neither he nor the crowd had to wait long with the evergreen striker tapping from close range after seven minutes.
However, there was frustration for both sides on the night after Stoke let slip their lead when Shawcross deflected a Seamus Coleman shot into his own net and Everton failed to continue their decent run of four wins in their last five Premier league matches.
The presence of Crouch up front ensured there was no place in the starting line-up for £12million January signing Saido Berahino, who was welcomed warmly by the home support as he took his place on the bench.
Crouch scoring Stoke's opening goal against Everton at the Britannia Stadium
At 23, the former West Brom striker has a decent top-flight career to look forward to, but he would do well to learn as much as he can – while he can – from the man who celebrated his ton-up last night.
It has taken Crouch 15 years and six clubs to get there since his first for Aston Villa in April 2002, and for all of them being in the right place at the right time has been key.
Last night’s opener was no different, with a long ball from Charlie Adam clearing Mason Holgate and picking out Marko Arnautovic on the left flank.
His centre presented a tap in for Crouch, who promptly wheeled off and celebrated like it was 2006 all over again.
Stoke could have doubled their lead through Arnautovic after the Austrian was picked out with an exquisite lofted pass after a mazy run from Adam, only for Joel Robles to race out and smother.
Seamus Coleman celebrates with Romelu Lukaku after scoring Everton's equaliser
But if Everton were shaken they were not bowed and they slowly muscled their way back to parity.
The equaliser was controversial with Coleman’s shot inside the far post from the right of the area initially ruled out after Romelu Lukaku appeared to get the final touch from an offside position.
But after much protest from Everton and referee Craig Pawson consulting his linesman, the goal stood. It was the right decision with replays showing the ball took a deflection off Shawcross as it flew in.
Stoke should have gone in at the break with the lead after Arnautovic got a clear sight of goal on the right side of the penalty area, but Robles once again raced out to block.
Both sides had chances at the start of the second half, Robles backtracking to deny Stoke when Adam attempted an audacious shot from just inside Everton’s half.
The visitors, who looked stronger through the middle after James McCarthy replaced Holgate at half-time, carried a threat apart from where it mattered. Stoke introduced Berahino with just over 20 minutes to go but he was unable to mark his debut with a goal.
Stoke (4-2-3-1): Grant 6; Bardsley 5, Shawcross 6, Martins Indi 6, Pieters 6; Whelan 6, Adam 7; Afellay 6, Allen 5 (Berahino 67) Arnautovic 7 (Ngoyat 89); Crouch 6. Booked: Bardsley. Goal: Crouch 7. NEXT UP: West Brom (a), Sat PL.
Everton (3-5-2): Robles 8; Holgate 5 (McCarthy 46 7), Williams 6, Funes Mori 6; Coleman 6, Davies 7, Schneiderlin 7, Barkley 6, Baines 6; Mirallas 5 (Lookman 69), Lukaku 4. Goal: Shawcross 39 og. NEXT UP: Bournemouth (h), Sat PL.
Referee: C Pawson (S Yorks).