It’s a Barbie World for Courteney Cox-Arquette and Coco

Wednesday, Dec 17, 2008

There isn’t much guesswork involved when it comes to Christmas shopping for Courteney Cox-Arquette‘s daughter Coco Riley, 4 ½. For the last few years, Courteney says it’s been all Barbie, all the time in the home she shares with husband David Arquette. “She’s obsessed with Barbies,” Courteney, 44, said of Coco on Thursday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. “She has all the Barbies that David gives her, which is almost daily.” Calling her husband a “shopaholic,” Courteney added that “David feels like if he just goes away for an hour, he has to [give Coco a Barbie].”

The couple found themselves in over their heads last year, however, when they sat down late on Christmas Eve to assemble Coco’s big gift — the Barbie mansion. “We went out to dinner, as we always do on Christmas Eve, with all the Arquettes,” Courteney recalled. “We came home and it’s 11 p.m., and we get out the Barbie mansion, in this big box.” To their shock, they then discovered the small print on the packaging!

“It says, ‘Please allow nine hours for assembly.’  And this is at 11 p.m. There was nothing we could do; I’m not kidding, we had to get a contractor to put this house together. It is huge, it is pink, it is ugly…I can’t give this thing away.”

Host Ellen DeGeneres was able to deduce that, given the late hour and the holiday the next day, it was unlikely that Coco’s Barbie mansion was waiting for her on Christmas morning. Conceding the point, Courteney admitted that the couple instead “gave it to her six months later for her birthday.” This holiday season has already gotten off to a good start for Coco, who had a blast at a tree-trimming party held last weekend at the home of Courteney’s good friend Jennifer Aniston. Guests — who included both Courteney and Ellen — were invited to bring an ornament and place it on Jennifer’s tree, but Coco wound up performing most of the manual labor herself! Said Courteney,

“Coco was the only person taking care of the tree. She put [all the ornaments] only on, like, a 3-feet-high level.”

Source: The Ellen DeGeneres Show