Dinner was delicious.
The carpet thought so too.
My son was intent on feeding the carpet because you could still see some white (it's original color).
My son on the other hand didn't get any into his mouth. I placed a good sized amount on his high chair. He is pretty independent now. He insists on eating by himself. So i was letting him.
His belly button was fed, the highchair, the carpet, even his nose was fed. I don't think any went into the actual mouth.
When he decided he was through feeding everything else and began making artwork with the food, I knew it was time for him to be done. So I took his tray, cleaned him off as best I could, and set him on the ground to rampage through the house while I cleaned up the carpet before the pasta got stuck.
The Boss was curious as to what I was doing, and decided he wanted a better look. When he saw me picking up the food and placing it back on the tray, he decided that he was hungry after all, and began eating for the first time that night... the food that I had just picked up. When we was tired of eating (three bites later) he decided he would help me by dumping the whole tray on the floor.
What sweetness when a child helps. You can't discourage them because it is a good thing, but not exactly the kind of self defeating help you are looking for. So, you smile, try to send them off, and finish up a job that should only take 2 minutes that has now taken 10 minutes. Oh the joys of having a one year old!