How to Decorate for a Tacky Party

by Melissa Lewis
Lawn gnomes are often thought of as tacky.

Lawn gnomes are often thought of as tacky.

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What is beautiful to one is tacky to another. But, tacky is also fun, right? So what better way to throw a fun and memorable party than to throw a tacky-themed party. On the invitations, encourage guests to dress tacky -- you know, the polyester pants and Grandma's hand-knitted reindeer shirt. To send your party over the edge of tackiness, incorporate lots of "tacky" decorations. And remember, you can never have too much tacky.

Items you will need

  • Lawn ornaments
  • Lava lamps
  • Hanging beads
  • Shag rugs
  • Bathroom prints
  • Bathroom humor book
  • Beer cans
  • Christmas lights
Step 1

Decorate the outdoors to greet the guests with tackiness right from the start. Put out the pink flamingo lawn ornaments. How about the lady bending over with a bit of her back side showing? A few gnomes will add a nice tacky touch as well.

Step 2

Think '70s, which to many is considered one of the tackiest decades of all time. Lava lamps, hanging beaded doorways and green, orange or yellow shag rugs are just a few decorations that will help facilitate the overall feel of your tacky party.

Step 3

Go for tacky in the bathroom. There are many cute, but cheesy, prints available for the bathroom with quotes such as, "If you sprinkle when you tinkle, please be neat and wipe the seat." You can also make a homemade sign, such as one saying "The King's Throne" to place above the toilet. Don't forget to add a bathroom humor book for your guests to peruse while using the toilet.

Step 4

Get out the beer cans and use them as decorations. Place them in your curio cabinet, as if they are a collection worthy of such display. String them up and hang them like streamers. Hot glue cans together and use it as a centerpiece as if it were a work of art. You can also make coffee table legs out of carefully stacked beer cans with a piece of plywood thrown on top.

Step 5

String up colored Christmas lights along the edge of the ceilings. If you have the lights with the bigger, egg-shaped light bulbs, that's even better. Always use common sense when stringing up the lights and follow the safety instructions often found on a label taped near the plug.

About the Author

I love writing and write children's stories on the side, but have yet to be published. Before staying at home with my children, I was a media specialist for five years in which one of my duties was to assist students and teachers in researching information and then evaluating the reliability of the source. I am also a radio script writer for the non-profit organization, Christian Walk Alive, and write four episodes a year. In addition, I edit the episodes of the other writers. I am a homeschool mom to four wonderful children.

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