Most '90s kids will remember attending a McDonald's birthday party at some point in their childhood — but one couple decided to revive the tradition with a special party for their own daughter.
Instead of a simple Happy Meal, the parents had cardboard boxes filled with fries and burgers from the popular fast food chain for the occasion.
The couple even bought an original McDonald's playground for their daughter Murphy after finding it on sale for $5000 (£2,752) although they didn't assemble it for the party.
However people online were less than impressed and some commenters even labelled the pai 'bad parents'.
“We had a McDonald’s party…” the mum captioned her now viral TikTok showing the party which has now amassed over 3.1 million views and more than 355,000 likes.
The couple, from Bacchus Marsh, Australia, hired an inflatable slide, ball pit and a slushie machine plus cold beer for the adults to enjoy.
While many people loved the idea, others thought the McDonald’s Christmas party was a bad decision.
“Like she’s gonna remember that, you spent all that money on a baby that’s not gonna remember anything about it,” one person wrote.
Another TikTok commenter said: “All that just for the kid to not remember.”
The mum responded and shared: “I don’t remember any parties my parents threw for me. But kids all had fun on the day and that’s all that matters.”
When one commenter suggested it would have been easier for them all to go to McDonald’s, the mum replied: “We had over 100 people there so probably not.”
Some of the more harsh comments criticised the mum's parenting. “Wow what a bad parent already,” one anonymous commenter shared.
While others were more concerned with food waste, with one concerned TikTok user writing: “You prob [sic] wasted so much food you could [have given] it to poor people or homeless people.”
“All the kids were excited that we had McDonald’s and was a great novelty,” the mum shared with Kidspot.
"We thought we'd go with the Macca's themed party because we had just brought the old Mcdonald's playground for Murphy's first birthday present and remembered how much fun we used to have at Macca's parties when we were kids," the mum added.
The mum responded to her critics who called her a bad parent.
She said: "[A bad parent] because we got Mcdonald's for a party? Go to any play centre party for kids and they serve nuggets and chips. It's a party!"
She also told the publication she tries to avoid negative comments, but said people are too quick to throw the 'bad parent' label around and criticise parents for 'the smallest thing'.
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