Party Decor That 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.
- Helena graphite tablecloth; Crate & Barrel ($89.95)
- Chauvet Hurricane 700 fog machine; Guitar Center ($36.99)
- Border stripe yarn dye napkin; West Elm ($16 for four)
- Cow creamer; Fishs Eddy ($9.95)
- Blue gingham cupcake topper; A Party In The Hamptons on Etsy ($3.25 for 6)
- Pompom napkin-ring box set; Pom Pom Factory ($58.15 for 20)
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Amelia is a Senior Writer at Groupon who owns about 600 houses' worth of housewares. She daydreams about throwing parties and amassing more housewares.