I'm a mum-of-12 & made a very controversial birthday dinner for my kids – it's left people totally divided | The Sun

EATING pasta can be messy – especially when kids are involved.

So spare a thought for mum-of-12 Alicia Dougherty, from New York, and her husband Josh, who had quite the clean-up task on their hands when they treated their big brood to a rather chaotic feast.


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The family took to TikTok and shared a video where they explained how they spread 20 pounds of spaghetti, sauce and meatballs (each) onto their dining table.

"We surprised our son with a spaghetti table for his birthday," she says.

The #messydinner challenge is part of a concept that's been trending on social media and allows children to serve themselves and eat however much they want, rather than be limited to what's on their plates.

The clip has since racked up a whopping 4.3 million views.

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And it wasn't long before social media users took to the comments section to comment on the big family's dinner of choice – with very mixed responses.

"It's all cold after a while," noted one.

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A second commented: "Straight out the jar is wild."

A third questioned: "Sooo.. 60 pounds of COLD pasta?"

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Meanwhile, a fourth wrote: "And there you have a freezing cold dinner."

Elsewhere, others were on board with the idea.

"A SPAGHETTI TABLE. my dream," enthused one.

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Another quipped: "That's awesome!"

A further added: Omg amazing!"



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