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REAL PARTIES: Khaki is the New Blue

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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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POSTED BY:jenn s.JENNIFER SBRANTI is the Founder and Creative Director of Hostess with the Mostess®, a hip and modern party planning resource.

28 responses to “REAL PARTIES: Khaki is the New Blue”

  1. Really wonderful. Executed to perfection!

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

  3. Mrs. R says:

    Love the colors :)

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

  5. 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!

  6. Martha says:

    I love the colors!

  7. Lindsan says:

    Everything is beautiful! Well done Noel!

  8. Alexis says:

    My 2 favorite colors are navy and this!

  9. Missy says:

    gorgeous! I love it!

  10. Nicole says:

    Really nice job! It looks great!

  11. 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.

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

  13. Kimberly B. says:

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

  14. Michael says:

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

  15. jean says:

    What a great job.

  16. Joy says:

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

  17. Down Pillow says:

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

  18. noel says:

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