Recreate Bec Judd’s Coachella inspired housewarming party with tips from the stylists behind it ...
You’d have to have been living under a Californian-dessert-sized rock to have not seen pictures from the party that broke the Aussie internet this week - JUDDCHELLA. Having brought many of Rebecca Judd's events to life over the years, we can FINALLY reveal that the team at LENZO Agency were the stylists behind Melbourne’s biggest housewarming!
Of the styling project five months in the making, Bec gave our stylists and suppliers the ultimate praise by telling 3pm Pick Up guest host - Megan Gale - that it was, "the housewarming to end all housewarmings!"
So, how did we bring Coachella to the Bec’s Bayside backyard, and more importantly, how can you do the same? LENZO Founder and Director Elleni Pearce spills the taco truck beans below!
“Coachella is a theme that can be adapted to any style of occasion, and to any scale,” Elleni says. “Whether you’re throwing a kids party at home or a hen’s day at a venue, it’s such a fun and fresh theme to play with that every age group finds enchanting.”
Adding that the key to creating your own version of Bec’s JUDDCHELLA is to be fearless, she stresses it’s not about what you spend on your event that will make it stand out - but more so, the effort you put in to executing the theme.
Making Coachella your own via personalisation is one of the simplest ways to replicate Bec’s epic event. Choose a fun name for your own festival – just as she did from the outset - and sing it loud and proud throughout your party planning.
“Make it fun!” says Elleni. “A great party is all about the finer details, so think about personalising supplies like a welcome sign, drink stirrers and invitations.”
However, personalisation goes beyond giving your event it's own name and custom hashtag! Being creative with all event aspects, down to the names of your cocktails, is the key to making your event memorable and unique.
“Painting your own planter pots in custom colours that match your chosen colour scheme will personalise and elevate your event, without costing you the earth!”
Personalisation at JUDDCHELLA: Sketch and Etch came to the party with a custom bar sign, menus, drink stirrers, pool letters, tepee letters and light-up Ferris wheel sign.
DIY personalisation tips:
- Personalise balloons or backdrops with your event name using letter stickers
- Feature your event name on personalised tags that can be tied to drink stirrers or straws
- Display letter boards around the space with your event name and hashtag
#2 Furniture & Props
Furniture and props were the foundation of our JUDDCHELLA party planning, an all-important starting point that dictated the rest of our décor decision making. Similarly, when planning a Coachella inspired party of your own, think about what you have – and what you may need to bring in – in order to set the scene for you guest instantly.
“We knew we wanted a teepee because it would immediately transport guests to Coachella, but we wanted to steer clear of a traditional ‘boho’ interpretation,” Elleni says. “We did this by keeping the teepee naked, rather than cover it in canvas, and complemented the structure with contemporary furniture in super fresh colours.”
Furniture and props at JUDDCHELLA: We hired a bar, food station, ottomans, stools, side tables and standing tables from Harry The Hirer, along with a naked teepee from Peninsula Tipi Co.
DIY furniture and prop tips:
- When hiring or borrowing furniture, dress pieces in removable decals that match your décor
- Invest what you can in a single prop that screams of Coachella, making it the focal point of your setup
- Scour op-shops, markets and eBay for second hand furniture and props you can elevate by painting in your event colour palette
Colour blocking décor was key to keeping JUDDCHELLA‘s scenery unique and interesting. A visual feast for the eyes, our balloons, flowers and hangings were colour blocked for maximum impact and ‘wow’ factor.
“Don’t be afraid!” Elleni says. “Don’t be shy about picking a colour palette that’s non-traditional, like our fresh take on the Coachella dessert. Next, maximise the impact by colour blocking your supplies, like our tonal floral arrangements.”
Don’t have a budget like Bec’s to execute your event? Focus on what will make the biggest and boldest impact, such as weaving a few fresh florals in with less expensive fake flowers en masse.
Décor at JUDDCHELLA: Fabulous florals by Poppy Culture, handmade wall hangings and chandeliers by Marla & Co, plants, cacti and pastel posts from Botanical Events, soft furnishings and cushions from On Trend Event Hire, balloon garlands by Belle Balloons and a shimmer wall by Boutique Balloons Melbourne.
DIY décor tips:
- Create a photo moment for guests by layering streamers onto a backdrop or wall
- Make your own balloon garlands using a DIY kit!
- Buy inexpensive fake flowers and spray paint them in your colour palette for a premium finish
#4 Food & Drinks
Bec’s magnificent ‘Marg Bar’ payed homage to all things margaritas at JUDDCHELLA, a nod to her drink of choice at the Coachella festival she attended earlier this year. But you don’t need to be serving alcohol to cater the Californian way at your own epic event, Elleni says.
“When it comes to your party food, let’s not forget where Coachella takes place! It’s important to play on popular L.A. favourites like we did, with our selection of ‘midnight munchies’ that tacos and mac ‘n’ cheese.”
Aside from the obvious, that these dishes are guaranteed crowd pleasers for guests of all ages, you can easily replicate these dishes yourself if you’re on a budget as well as put your own gourmet spin on them.
Food and drinks at JUDDCHELLA: The festivities started with a grazing table by Fara Feasts followed by Popstic Ice Cream & Sorbet popsicles and a cake by Splendid Servings Cake Design. Roaming food - including hot dogs and midnight snacks - courtesy of Fourside Food Design + Events.
DIY food and drink tips:
- Serve your Coachella snacks in coloured partyware that matches your setting
- Allocate what you can to an epic cake that doubles as an event centrepiece (countering the extravagance with homemade sweets!)
- Share your menu or custom cocktail names on a blackboard for all to see and snap!
As with every element of your event, Elleni encourages you to make your entertainment as unique as possible to emulate the carefree fun of the Californian festival.
“Throwing your own version of JUDDCHELLA is all about putting on a show! Choose entertainment that people will talk about long after the event is over because it brought a smile to their face and made them have fun.“
Made famous by the overseas music festival, no Coachella themed bash would be complete without a nod to its fabulous Ferris wheel. But if forcing a wheel into your backyard brings on more anxiety than sitting at the top of one, forget about it - there’s no need to hire carnival rides …unless of course, you want to!
“If your party is at home, pop some vision of the iconic wheel turning on a TV screen behind you,” Elleni says.
Entertainment at JUDDCHELLA: Complementing a number of Bec’s favourite DJs and musicians, LENZO brought in a stage, DJ equipment, festoons and fairy lights from Pro Light & Sound, an epic Ferris wheel videowall by CEPL Videowall, glitter body art by Glitter Gypsy and tarot reading by Charlotte Fitts.
DIY entertainment tips:
- Set up a flower crown station, with an assortment of fresh or fake flowers for guests to play with
- Set up your own photobooth with Coachella inspired party props to pose with
- Project your favourite music videos on an outdoor screen for the ultimate in festival vibes !
Until next event,
MEET THE JUDDCHELLA DREAM TEAM!
STYLING & EVENT MANAGEMENT LENZO Agency / PHOTOGRAPHER Hugh Davies Photography / FLORALS Poppy Culture / PLANTS, CACTI & PASTEL POTS Botanical Events / BALLOONS Belle Balloons / SHIMMER WALL Boutique Balloons Melbourne / TEEPEES Peninsula Tipi Co / FRINGE DECORATIONS, WALL HANGINGS & CHANDELIERS Marla & Co / CUSTOM BAR SIGN, MENUS,DRINK STIRRERS, FERRIS WHEEL LIGHT UP SIGN, POOL LETTERS & TEEPEE LETTERS Sketch and Etch / SOFT FURNISHINGS & CUSHIONS On Trend Event Hire / OTTOMANS, STOOLS, SIDE TABLES, STANDING TABLES, BAR & FOOD STATION Harry The Hirer / FERRIS WHEEL VIDEOWALL CEPL Videowall / DJ EQUIPMENT, STAGE, LIGHTING, FESTOONS & FAIRY LIGHTS Pro Light & Sound / DJ BACKDROP & JUDDCHELLA FRAME Shape Steel / GRAZING SNACK TABLE Fara Feasts / ROAMING FOOD, HOT DOGS, MIDNIGHT SNACKS, GLASSWARE & WAIT STAFF Fourside Food Design + Events / CAKE Splendid Servings Cake Design / POPSICLES Popstic Ice Cream & Sorbet / GLITTER BODY ART Glitter Gypsy / TAROT READER Charlotte Fitts / PINK PORTALOOS Viking Rentals / SECURITY Linewatch Security