It is not a surprise that eating dinner can sometimes get a bit messy – especially if you have kids.

Sauce down their tops and crumbs on the floor is most likely a common occurrence parents have to deal with when feeding their tots.

But, one mum has intentionally made a ‘messy dinner’ – and has certainly split opinion online.

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The mum, who posts on TikTok as @the3holmboys, has gone viral on the social media platform for sharing her no plates take on meal time.

In the clip that has racked up 14.7 million views, the mum-of-three covered her wooden table in cellophane wrap.

While her three young sons sat around the table eagerly waiting for their grub as one twizzled their fork.

With a big smile on her face, the mum poured a saucepan of spaghetti onto the middle of the table as the steam ushered upwards.

“Kids super excited”, the parent shared as one boy’s face lit up at the pasta covered table.

“Grant not as much”, she said as the dad gave half a smile at the sight.

The mum then came back as she poured the bolognese sauce and meat on top of the ‘messy’ meal.

Judging by the little lads’ faces, they seemed overjoyed at their communal dinner as the mum remarked “success.”

Since being posted, the TikTok video has now racked up a huge 14 million views and a lot of different opinions.

Some people saw the fun side of the messy dinner and praised the mum for creating memories.

One person commented: “How fun!!! Try it with nachos next time.”

Another user added: “It’s a fun idea, your kids will remember this when they’re older.”

While a third person voiced: “I love this. We do this sometimes with fries.”

Someone else praised: “It's fun kids enjoyed it so why not.”

Meanwhile, a fifth person pointed out: “No bunch of dishes to wash yayyyyy.”

However, not everyone was so keen on the idea of no plates.

One person fretted: “Why don't they use something called plates which is much better than messing up the plastic on the table?

A second person admitted: “I can’t do this. I don’t like my food touching or even sharing.”

This user jibed: “Suddenly I love having a strict mom.” A fourth questioned: “Why though?”

And, another noted: “I can’t get behind others slobber forks in my food. I’d be in the bathroom ordering delivery.”

Regardless of any of the comments, the mum noted in the caption: “Not sure we will do it again but was fun.”

Let us know in the comments what you think of the messy dinner – would you try it out?

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