Quite possibly the best Christmas movie ever made. (There are many great Christmas movies– Home Alone is another classic fave– but there’s room for several “best” Christmas movies on any list!)
The thing about Christmas Vacation is that people of all ages and all generations appreciate this movie. It holds a special place in the hearts of Americans that not just any movie holds!
For this reason, plus the fact that it’s just freaking hilarious, my husband and I have begun an annual traditiion of throwing a Christmas Vacation themed party. We like to call it “Christmas With Cousin Eddie.”
I had a little bit too much fun getting ready for this party, so I thought I’d share some of my favorite details of this shin-dig! The party took place over the weekend and it was so. much. fun. It’s becoming a much anticipated (for Price and me, anyway!) yearly tradition!
Food and drink is the area in which I had the most fun, I think… Here are a couple of the things we served (with movie quotes when appropriate!)
I also wanted to have one other cocktail on hand for people to sip on, so I made a blue margarita and called it “The Blue Leisure Suit” since Eddie famously wore one during part of the movie.
Now, one of the best scenes in the movie comes when Clark famously receives a letter from his boss informing him of his end-of-the-year bonus: Enrollment in the Jelly of the Month club. So we got several types of jelly, re-labeled them, and stuck them on a cheese and cracker tray!
Right after Clark got this disappointing bonus, he goes on a side-splitting tear about his boss! We just had to have that rant represented, sans bad words! 🙂 (Actually I missed one word on accident. I’ll remember to “bow” it out next year!)
Another food item representing part of the movie was some puppy chow, representative of the massive amounts of dog food Eddie buys on his and Clark’s trip to Wal-Mart.
The last food item to share with you is the infamous green jell-o mold… Remember the scene where delusional Aunt Bethany brings a green jell-o mold with cat food in it to the family dinner? We had to have that represented, so we did a mold, but used Cheerios instead of cat food. It was more for a visual, but people did end up eating some!
Enough with the food… Now for decorations and costumes!
One of my personal favorite sequences in the movie is at the very beginning of the movie when Clark and Ellen take the kids to the wilderness to cut down a Christmas tree for their house. They end up getting a HUGE one, so when they take it inside the house and realize it’s way too big, Clark says “Little full. Lotta sap.” Gets me every time! So we had to represent that somehow!
After the “full” tree in the movie burns up and is replaced with a more normal sized one, there’s a great scene where a squirrel jumps out of the tree at Clark. When your husband comes from a family full of hunters, you might be as fortunate as I was to find a stuffed squirrel laying around at the deer camp. Thankfully my father-in-law had no sentimental attachment to the stuffed critter, so we snagged him and stuck him in the tree!
He scoured the internet and found an outfit almost EXACTLY like the one Cousin Eddie wears in the scene I like to call “the eggnog scene.” Green polyester pants, a white v-neck sweater, and a black dickie under the semi-transparent sweater. Oh, and the shoes! The white patent shoes! Price was able to find some of those too… Ladies and gentlemen… I present to you… Price as Cousin Eddie:
Another key to getting this look down pat was the exorbitant amounts of really strong hair gel we used to get his hair to stay like that. It was intense.
Here’s a full body shot of Price with his friend Jared, who also had the pretty sweet blue leisure suit look going on. These boys nailed it!!
For next year’s big par-tay, I’m going to be on the lookout for one of those little candle-powered windmills like what Eddie breaks in the egg nog scene as well as some of the silver suits that Todd and Margo wear after they work out.
If anyone finds a good deal on either of these, please keep me posted! The party will be much better next year with these additions! 😉