khaki and blue party theme

I’m just loving this khaki & blue party that Noel Culbertson put together to celebrate her husband’s birthday and recent promotion! The color palette is so crisp & chic… this look would also be gorgeous for a wedding or engagement party, or any nautically-themed celebration.

Read on for all the details, as told by Noel…

khaki and blue party theme


“My husband went through the grueling six week induction process upon being promoted to Chief Petty Officer in the US Navy. The process culminated just before his birthday, it seemed only natural to celebrate both.

khaki and blue party theme

I went with a khaki theme for the party since all of his new working uniforms are now khaki. I used the B is for Baby Shower party on HWTM as a springboard. For a fun touch I ordered custom fortune cookies, which started me on the road to filling these apothecary jars along with several milk glass jars from local antique stores with khaki goodies.

khaki and blue party theme

khaki and blue party theme

I picked up khaki table cloths and mini paper bags at Target, and found fabric for the table runner at Joann’s. With so much khaki on hand, I ordered some blue candies to throw a little color in the mix.

khaki and blue party theme

To speed up cupcake baking I ordered these wrappers that you can set on a cookie sheet and bake as is. I printed and cut the flags then glued them to lollipop sticks I picked up at Michaels. The rest of the goodies came from Costco, which helped keep costs down.

khaki and blue party theme

I designed the jar labels, flags and party “logo” in Photoshop and printed it off for the party favor bags, frame, and a large vinyl “congratulations” sign i had made for the house.

khaki and blue party theme

I also hung sepia-tone pictures of the induction process in rustic wood frames behind the table to show off the process and to keep the look unified.”

khaki and blue party theme


Thanks for the inspiration, Noel!

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Pumpkin Petunia SAYS:

Really wonderful. Executed to perfection!

October 1, 2009 at 10:36 am

Laurie @ Busy Bee Birthday Shop SAYS:

I love this party!!! Great job keeping it fun and manly at the same time :)

October 1, 2009 at 10:36 am

Mrs. R SAYS:

Love the colors :)

October 1, 2009 at 11:54 am

denise@ little ant design SAYS:

What a great theme and use of color – love this idea!

October 1, 2009 at 12:05 pm

Mandy M. SAYS:

What a great theme for a party! I bet he was happy to be congratulated in such a way! The colors work amazing together! How lucky he is!

October 1, 2009 at 12:38 pm

Martha SAYS:

I love the colors!

October 1, 2009 at 12:44 pm

Lindsan SAYS:

Everything is beautiful! Well done Noel!

October 1, 2009 at 12:52 pm

Alexis SAYS:

My 2 favorite colors are navy and this!

October 1, 2009 at 2:09 pm

Missy SAYS:

gorgeous! I love it!

October 1, 2009 at 2:34 pm

Nicole SAYS:

Really nice job! It looks great!

October 1, 2009 at 2:52 pm

Ellen Collis SAYS:

This is AWESSSOME! I never in a million years would have thought of this! I love how you find ways to make parties chic, yet still appropriate for the occasion.

October 1, 2009 at 3:11 pm

Joscie, rhymes with bossy SAYS:

fabulous as always Noel! I love every detail. and thanks for leading me to this website!

October 1, 2009 at 5:59 pm

Kimberly B. SAYS:

This is an awesome party…that any man or boy can appreciate, fun and not too girly. hehehe

October 1, 2009 at 9:24 pm

Michael SAYS:

nice party,keep it up.your blog looks cool.

October 1, 2009 at 10:45 pm

jean SAYS:

What a great job.

October 2, 2009 at 10:22 am


Nice! I love the Tags! They are AWESOME!!!
Well done!

October 2, 2009 at 3:30 pm

Down Pillow SAYS:

It’s a really beautiful spread :) I like the theme much more than I thought I would.

October 3, 2009 at 9:06 pm

noel SAYS:

thank you so much for the feature. just proves how great your site is for inspiration! :)

October 4, 2009 at 10:07 pm
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