Christmas With Cousin Eddie, 9.0

Christmas With Cousin Eddie // a party celebrating National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and all things Griswold!

We have wrapped up the NINTH annual(ish) Christmas With Cousin Eddie! And it was a BLAST! We actually started CWCE 11 years ago, but we took off the years that Wilson and Dempsey were born because, well, newborn life and big party life can’t very easily co-exist around here!

Christmas With Cousin Eddie // a party celebrating National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and all things Griswold!

This ninth installment might have been my favorite… I think I say that every year! But it truly does continue to get better! We didn’t add a whole lot of new this year, but I do think we improved upon a couple of things! Here are some snaps of the setup! 🙂 BUT FIRST, here are links to recaps of parties past >> // 2020 // 2019 // skipped 2018 due to a newborn // 2017 //  2016 // 2015 // skipped 2014 due to a newborn // 2013 // 2012 // We don’t have recaps of 2011 or 2010! //

Ok, now photos!

Christmas With Cousin Eddie // a party celebrating National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and all things Griswold!
Christmas With Cousin Eddie // a party celebrating National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and all things Griswold!

Unfortunately these super authentic acrylic moose mugs are a thing of the past. The manufacturer of these is out of biz… The glass ones are pretty easy to find though!

Christmas With Cousin Eddie // a party celebrating National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and all things Griswold!

Our eggnog recipe is actually eggLESS and very easy! Simply mix together…

  • 1 gallon whole milk
  • 2 small boxes (or one large box) of jello vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 cup of sugar

Once these are mixed and in a bowl, I like to buy eggnog flavored ice cream and dollop it in. This ends up being a big melted milkshake basically! And it is GOOD without having to mentally wrap your head around drinking eggs… gross… I like to sprinkle some nutmeg on top for cuteness and flavor! But mainly cuteness 🙂

Christmas With Cousin Eddie // a party celebrating National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and all things Griswold!

What is a Christmas Vacation party without Jelly of the Month Club items in the spread?! I didn’t get a pic of the charcuterie setup where these were incorporated, but this might be one of my favorite details! I updated the Jelly of the Month Club labels this year, but I do have another version of these for sale HERE as a printable!

Christmas With Cousin Eddie // a party celebrating National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and all things Griswold!
Christmas With Cousin Eddie // a party celebrating National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and all things Griswold!
Christmas With Cousin Eddie // a party celebrating National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and all things Griswold!
Christmas With Cousin Eddie // a party celebrating National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and all things Griswold!

I love making Garbage Can cookies (they’re basically Kitchen Sink cookies) because they’re different every year! Start out like you’re making chocolate chip cookies, but instead of all chocolate chips, put in whatever you can find! This year, we had peanut MnMs, coconut flakes, chocolate chips, raisins, crushed potato chips, a little oatmeal… I think that might be it. I just go through the cabinet and pull out whatever I think might be good together! haha They’re always different and exciting each year!

Christmas With Cousin Eddie // a party celebrating National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and all things Griswold!
Christmas With Cousin Eddie // a party celebrating National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and all things Griswold!
Christmas With Cousin Eddie // a party celebrating National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and all things Griswold!
Christmas With Cousin Eddie // a party celebrating National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and all things Griswold!

I always love doing the OLD FASHIONED Family Christmas setup! It coordinates perfectly that Eddie’s daughter was in the clinic getting cured off the Wild Turkey, you need bourbon to make an Old Fashioned, and Clark so desperately wants an Old Fashioned family Christmas! Hah!

Christmas With Cousin Eddie // a party celebrating National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and all things Griswold!
Christmas With Cousin Eddie // a party celebrating National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and all things Griswold!
Christmas With Cousin Eddie // a party celebrating National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and all things Griswold!

Instead of cat food, we used Cheerios! 🙂

Christmas With Cousin Eddie // a party celebrating National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and all things Griswold!
Christmas With Cousin Eddie // a party celebrating National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and all things Griswold!

Freezing your baguettes off? Why not eat a baguette sandwich in the process! 😉

Christmas With Cousin Eddie // a party celebrating National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and all things Griswold!

This big-batch margarita recipe was a HIT!! Like, it disappeared QUICKLY. Usually we have leftover at the end, so I was scrambling to make another form of margarita to replace it! haha Next year I believe I’ll have plenty of ingredients for this on hand for multiple batches in case it does another disappearing act! But I do love this recipe. You can find it here! I made it according to that recipe, but I did add a 52 oz. container of lemonade and an additional cup of tequila to bulk it up. I was very pleased with the turnout!

Christmas With Cousin Eddie // a party celebrating National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and all things Griswold!
Christmas With Cousin Eddie // a party celebrating National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and all things Griswold!

Now for some costumes!! People did a GREAT job of getting into the dressing up! I hate I didn’t get more photos of everyone… Honestly Price and I only took one together at the very end of the night! One of these years, I want to hire a photographer so I don’t have to worry about that part! But I’ll share what I do have! 🙂

Christmas With Cousin Eddie // a party celebrating National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and all things Griswold!
Christmas With Cousin Eddie // a party celebrating National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and all things Griswold!
Christmas With Cousin Eddie // a party celebrating National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and all things Griswold!
Christmas With Cousin Eddie // a party celebrating National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and all things Griswold!
Christmas With Cousin Eddie // a party celebrating National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and all things Griswold!
Christmas With Cousin Eddie // a party celebrating National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and all things Griswold!
Christmas With Cousin Eddie // a party celebrating National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and all things Griswold!

(( Side note: I do have some printable quote bubbles like these for sale HERE! ))

Christmas With Cousin Eddie // a party celebrating National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and all things Griswold!
Christmas With Cousin Eddie // a party celebrating National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and all things Griswold!

This right here may be my most favorite photo of the night!!!!! Is that not hysterical!? My friends be FUNNY!!

Ok I believe that about does it for this wrap up!! I do have a video on my Insta that you can check out HERE if you wish!

>> HERE IS A SUMMARY OF LINKS IN CASE THAT IS HELPFUL FOR YA! <<

Etsy printable of Jelly of the Month Club labels

Etsy printable of food and drink labels

Etsy printable of Griswold quote bubbles

Big Batch Margarita Recipe (remember, we added lemonade and a little more tequila!)

Christmas With Cousin Eddie 2020

Christmas With Cousin Eddie 2019

Christmas With Cousin Eddie 2017

Christmas With Cousin Eddie 2016

Christmas With Cousin Eddie 2015

Christmas With Cousin Eddie 2013

Christmas With Cousin Eddie 2012

Instagram account for @christmaswithcousineddie dedicated to nothing but party stuff!

HIP, HIP, HOORAY FOR CHRISTMAS VACATION!!

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