Christmas Vacation Party Theme

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!

Christmas Vacation Party Theme with Cousin Eddie hat and Are You Serious Clark Christmas Vacation movie quote under it

Best Christmas Vacation Party Theme Ideas

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 party 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”!)
  • Include Christmas Vacation themed drinks (think: eggnog in a Moose mug!)
  • Have a Christmas Vacation watch party
  • Decorate with fun Christmas Vacation props and decorations
  • Play Christmas Vacation trivia and games

(See full holiday party ideas below, including more Christmas Vacation costume ideas!)

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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)
  • 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)
  • Crackers
  • Milk
  • Water
  • Wine
  • 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.


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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.”

Be sure to get all the Christmas Vacation dinner tips and movie recipes below!

How To Have A National Lampoons Christmas Vacation Party Clark Griswold at head of Thanksgiving dinner table cutting dry turkey while guest look on

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 or to make your invitations, or you can even make an online invite and send it!)

Christmas Vacation Party Invites Ideas

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

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National Lampoon Christmas Vacation Party Decorations

Griswold Christmas Decorating Ideas:

Christmas Vacation party supplies are so fun, so get creative!

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! Place signs by each dish with fun theme names and/or quotes from the movie.

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 poo cups!)
  • 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.”)

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Christmas Vacation Party Costume Ideas

Here are costume ideas for Christmas Vacation party:

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Party Games

Christmas Vacation Movie Party Games:

Christmas Vacation Party Favors and Party Prizes

Want to give out party favors or prizes (like best costume)? Try these holiday ideas:


Get creative and have fun with your Christmas Vacation party theme!

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Friends have called Jackie the "Midwestern Martha" [Stewart] because of her 20 years of over-the-top theme parties, super fun sleepover tips, and fun theme recipes.

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