A Christmas Vacation party theme is one of the most fun Christmas party ideas! We’ll have the Christmas Vacation dinner recipes (from the Griswold Christmas dinner-yes, even the Aunt Bethany Christmas Vacation Jello mold recipe) and movie quotes for the food table signs, Griswold family Vacation costumes ideas, Moose Mugs, Cousin Eddie quotes, and a ton of other fun Christmas Vacation themed party ideas! Here’s how to throw a fun Griswold Christmas party!
Best Christmas Vacation Party Theme Ideas
This is one of the most fun and unique Christmas party themes for adults and kids! (It’s a great watch party holiday party theme, too!) So much fun with a favorite holiday movie!
How Do You Do A Griswold Christmas?
Christmas Vacation Movie Party Ideas:
- Dress up in Christmas vacation costumes like your favorite movie characters (or in Clark Griswold sweaters or Cousin Eddie Wife Catherine costume!) — Christmas Vacation is one of the most fun Christmas parties dress up themes!
- Play the Griswold Christmas Vacation theme song
- Make Christmas Vacation themed invitations
- Have a Christmas Vacation dinner party (including Aunt Bethany’s Green Jello with “cat food”! – the jello from Christmas Vacation is a funny food item to add – add in cereal pieces for cat food)
- Include Christmas Vacation themed drinks (think: egg nog in a Moose mug!)
- Have a Christmas Vacation watch party
- Sing Christmas carols
- Decorate with fun Christmas Vacation props and decorations
- Make squirrel Christmas cookies
- Have a Christmas Vacation ugly sweater party
- Play Christmas Vacation trivia and games
- Watch the National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation movie
See full holiday party ideas below, including more Christmas Vacation costume ideas and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation decorating ideas! If you’re wondering what are good Christmas party themes, this is one of the best! Great ideas for the holiday season!
What did they eat in Christmas Vacation?
The Christmas Vacation movie menu included:
- Dry roasted turkey
- Turkey gravy in gravy boat
- Veggie Tower (the tall thing): Asparagus Tower with a cherry tomato “star” on top and pearl onions, green olives, and small red pepper garnish decorations
- Aunt Bethany’s Green Jell-o with a Secret Ingredient decorated with a carrot ribbon (or a sweet potato ribbon) – the infamous Christmas Vacation green jello!
- Seven-tier cake (it’s in the background of the dinner scene behind Clark)
- Croquembouche Christmas Tree dessert (also behind Clark, on a dessert tray)
- Various desserts – maybe a tiramisu (on dessert tray)
- Random Creamy Jello Salad (white thing on the table shaped like a bell with a red “ribbon”)
- Salad, which is really just large lettuce leaves with cherry tomatoes in the movie
- Mashed Sweet Potatoes
- Mashed Potatoes
- Broccoli and tomato vegetable tray with white dip in the middle
- Bowl of cooked broccoli
- Bowl of fresh fruit (apples and pears)
- Meister Brau (now Miller Lite)
It’s tough watching the movie and trying to pick out all the foods on the Christmas Vacation movie dinner table! Those are the things I could recognize/guess from the dinner scene. Let us know if you picked up something else from the Griswold themed Christmas party dinner.
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What is around Aunt Bethany’s Jello mold?
The Jello dish in Christmas Vacation is Aunt Bethany’s special recipe: green Jell-O (from a mold), decorated with dry, crunchy cat food and what appears to be either a raw carrot or raw sweet potato ribbon around the edge.
For your Christmas Vacation themed party, you can use Cheerios, dry cereal, or even chopped nuts to represent the “cat food.”
Put a sign by the Jell-O with the quote, Aunt Bethany does your cat eat jello?
Be sure to get all the Christmas Vacation dinner tips and movie recipes ideas below for your National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Party ideas!
Here are the best Griswold family Christmas party ideas, Christmas Vacation food, and DIY Christmas Vacation decorations…
How To Have A National Lampoons Christmas Vacation Party
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Party Invitations
Make custom invites using different Christmas Vacation quotes and even clipart.
(Use free programs like Canva.com or Picmonkey.com to make your invitations, or you can even make an online invite and send it!)
Christmas Vacation Party Invites Ideas (Christmas Vacation Theme Party Ideas For Invitations)
Use any of these Christmas Vacation quotes for invitations:
“We’re kicking off our fun, old-fashioned family Christmas by heading out into the country in the old front-wheel drive sleigh to embrace the frosty majesty of the winter landscape and select that most important of Christmas symbols.” — Clark Griswold
“Thith tree is a thymbol of the thpirit of the Griswold family Christhmath.” — Clark Griswold
“Well, I don’t know what to say except it’s Christmas, and we’re all in misery.” — Ellen Griswold
“If you’re good, Santa knows it. And if you believe in him, and you believe in your mom and you believe in your dad—if you’ve been good all year round, Santa Claus is going to bring you something.” — Clark Griswold
“Oh, the silent majesty of a winter’s morn, the clean, cool chill of the holiday air, an a**hole in his bathrobe emptying a chemical toilet into my sewer.” — Clark Griswold
“Hallelujah! Holy s**t! Where’s the Tylenol?” — Clark Griswold
“When what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a miniature sleigh and… Eddie. With a man in his pajamas and a dog chain tied to his wrists and ankles.” — Clark Griswold
“It’s the Christmas star. And that’s all that matters tonight. Not bonuses or gifts or turkeys or trees. See kids, it means something different to everybody. Now I know what it means to me.” — Clark Griswold
What did we miss? Let us know your favorite quotes from Christmas Vacation or Christmas Vacation invitations!
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Let’s start with Christmas Vacation themed decorations…
National Lampoon Christmas Vacation Party Decorations
You can have a lot of fun with Griswold Christmas decorations because there are so many different fun movie scenes!
Griswold Christmas Decorating Ideas and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Party Supplies:
- Decorate Christmas tree (leave some of the lights trailing off and put a stuffed white cat toy near them and a stuffed toy squirrel in the tree)
- Lots of Christmas lights (wait until everyone arrives and then gather them around to light them!)
- Create a Christmas Vacation backdrop with props from the movie (user this as a Christmas Vacation photo backdrop)
- Get a Clark Griswold cutout for photos
- Push a kids table to the end of the “grown-up” table
- Use Christmas Vacation movie quotes as decorations
- Are You Serious Clark? flag banner
- Fried Cat rug
- Moose mug light sets
- Use these moose cup plates, cups, and napkins
- Have the Christmas Vacation movie playing in the background
Christmas Vacation party supplies are so fun, so get creative!
You can even wrap some fun Christmas Vacation Aunt Bethany gifts as prizes for people!
What did we miss on our National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation party decorations list? Let us know and we’ll add it!
What did the Griswolds have for Christmas dinner? Christmas Vacation Themed Food
Just like any holiday party, food will be a big part of your Christmas Vacation Christmas party, too!
You don’t necessarily need to have a sit-down Christmas Vacation dinner party.
Instead, do some fun theme food for the movie and have an easy buffet with these iconic foods from the movie!
Place signs by each dish with fun theme names and/or quotes from the movie or a Christmas Vacation dinner menu board for the National Lampoon party food.
Here are fun National Lampoon’s Christmas Party ideas for food and Griswold Christmas theme party dinner…
Christmas Vacation Party Food Ideas
- Cousin Eddie’s wife Catherine’s Turkey (use turkey jerky instead of dry, overcooked turkey like the movie) (Clark: “Catherine, if this turkey tastes half as good as it looks, we’re all in for a real treat!” Eddie: “Save the neck for me.”)
- Sh*tter’s Full Hot Cocoa (awesome served in these poo jars!)
- Aunt Bethany’s Green Jello: make it in a mold and then sprinkle with chopped nuts or Cheerios cereal for the cat food (bonus points if you put a raw carrot or sweet potato ribbon around it!)
- Eggnog (“Can I refill your eggnog for you? Get you something to eat? Drive you out to the middle of nowhere and leave you for dead?” -Clark to Eddie)
- Asparagus tower (steamed asparagus tied together and decorated with pearl onions, tomatoes and peppers) — if you don’t want to make a tower, try this asparagus salad
- Squirrel Cookies (grab this cookie cutter and use this recipe for no-spread cookies) and fried cat cookies
- Croquembouche Christmas Tree
- Clark candy bars
- Yule Log (“Yule log. Not a log, I don’t have a log, I mean, you know…If I had a log. Not in the sense that you think I said I did…”)
- Ol’ Roy Dog Food (Try this Dill Pickle Chex Mix for the “dog food”!)
- Jelly of the Month Dip (Clark : “It’s a one year membership to the Jelly of the Month Club.” Eddie : “Clark, that’s the gift that keeps on giving the whole year.”)
- Edible Christmas Lights (Art: “The little lights aren’t twinkling.” Clark: “I know Art. And thanks for noticing.”)
The food is an important part of the Christmas vacation decorating ideas!
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Christmas Vacation Party Costume Ideas
Here are costume ideas for Christmas Vacation party and Griswold Christmas party ideas for the full Griswold style fashion — fun ideas for what to wear to a Christmas Vacation party!
How do you dress like the Griswolds and rock your Griswold style?
Griswold family Christmas costumes:
- Griswold Family Christmas t-shirts
- Cousin Eddie costume
- Christmas Vacation themed family pajamas
- Christmas Vacation ugly sweaters
- Margo and Todd silver suits – the neighbors (these are fun for matching Christmas vacation outfits from movie!)
- Ellen Griswold skirt
- Catherine costume Christmas Vacation – tacky Christmas sweater and Christmas ribbon in hair for a classic Christmas Vacation Catherine costume (Cousin Eddie’s wife costume)
- Uncle Lewis Costume prop
- Aunt Bethany Christmas Vacation costume – hats, tacky Christmas cardigan (or red / green sweater like this) or cheetah print fuzzy coat, lots of bead necklaces
- Aunt Bethany costume wouldn’t be complete without this!
- Clark Griswold costume ideas: Santa hat, cardigan like this, dress pants, blue button down dress shirt, green holiday tie (you can do a Clark Griswold green tie like this) and hold a jumble of Christmas tree lights
Let us know your Christmas Vacation dress up ideas and we’ll add them to our costume list!
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Party Games
Christmas Vacation Movie Party Games (Christmas Vacation Themed Party Games):
- See who can answer the most Christmas Vacation movie trivia
- Christmas Vacation Guess Who: Use these Christmas Vacation playing cards with faces to play Guess Who? (tape or pin a photo to each of the guest’s back and let them ask other guests questions to figure out which character they are from the movie)
- Play the Christmas Vacation Twinkle Lights game
- Play National Lampoons Christmas Vacation Card Scramble
- Create and play Christmas Vacation bingo
- Have a white elephant gift exchange (or other gift exchange game) with only Christmas gifts with a Christmas Vacation movie theme
Christmas Vacation Party Favors and Party Prizes
Want to give out party favors or prizes (like best costume)?
Try these holiday ideas for your Christmas Vacation theme party:
- Give out Santa hats to everyone (like Clark wears)
- Put together a favor bag with gourmet jelly and crackers (and a tag that read “Jelly of the Month Club”)
- Toilet Mug for a game prize or costume prize (bonus if you make a hot chocolate pack and include the ingredients for Sh*tter’s Full hot chocolate!)
- Eggnog Moose Mug
- Family Truckster with Tree on top ornament (personalized with your party name and year!)
- Jelly of the Month mug
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
Have fun with these Christmas Vacation themes!
(My vote for what is the best theme for Christmas party or even an 80’s Christmas themed party!)