Party Decor That Smells Like Teen Spirit

Nirvana: Decor Inspired by "Smells Like Teen Spirit"

When Nirvana was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year, it sent fans back down memory lane. Along with the baby swimming in the pool on the cover of Nevermind, another image soon comes to mind: the eerie video for “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” And while a smoky auditorium filled with dead-eyed cheerleaders may not be the perfect setting for a friendly dinner party, there’s no reason why you can’t draw inspiration from the video’s grungy aesthetic to take your table from elegant to edgy.

Use a gray tablecloth to evoke the drab drop cloths surrounding the basketball court, and set a fog machine in a corner of the room to recreate the hazy landscape. Green-striped napkins mirror Kurt Cobain’s iconic shirt, while colorful cupcake toppers and napkin rings keep things from getting too bleak while giving a nod to the school-spirit pennants and pompoms in the video. What does the cow-shaped creamer have to do with anything? It references the moos and other barnyard sounds that fill the “Weird Al” Yankovic parody “Smells Like Nirvana,” of course.

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Guide Staff Writer
BY: Amelia Buzzell