Essendon Football Club Members Exclusive Offer – WIN A FREE TICKET TO THE PRESIDENTS FUNCTION

Complete Function Hire are proud Official Partners of the Essendon Football Club.

This Winter, Essendon Football Club members have a chance to WIN a lucky ticket to the Presidents Function – Essendon Vs. Western Bulldogs – August 10th at Marvel Stadium (hosted by Complete Function Hire). 

For your chance to WIN this awesome footy experience – simply place your order with Complete Function Hire (for your 2019 event) by COB Friday 2nd August. **

Complete Function Hire are a one stop shop for all your event hire needs – at your home, your office or venue of choice.

Contact our friendly team today to discuss your event today.

** Minimum spends apply. Winner drawn at random and advised on Monday 5th August. Ticket is not refundable or transferable. 

WIN Dinner at Grossi Florentino this Winter

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are proud to work closely with Australian hospitality icon, Guy Grossi.

For your chance to win an experience at his acclaimed Florentino restaurant in Melbourne’s CBD, all you have to do is spend $2,000 or more during the winter months!

When you spend $2,000 with Complete Function Hire in June, July and August 2019, you will receive one lucky entry to our Winter competition.

The winner will be announced in September  – good luck!

For all your winter event hire needs – contact the friendly team at Complete Function Hire today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

** Terms and conditions – $2,000 spend applies to hire only, voucher to Florentino is valued at $200 and will be announced and delivered in September 2019, winner will be drawn at random. 

 

 

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Complete Function Hire Serving Suggestions – Expert Advice From Guy Grossi

The team at Complete Function Hire enjoys working closely with the best in the business to deliver stand out dining and event experiences all over Melbourne.

We have been honoured to work alongside Australian hospitality icon, Guy Grossi to provide furniture and equipment hire for some truly impressive events at his restaurant and special events.

Guy Grossi and his team know just how to create unforgettable dining experiences. On this month’s blog, we were privileged to interview Guy to find out about some of his favourite flavours and to get some tips on how to create the most memorable special occasions.

What are your favourite flavours of the moment?

I like simple but bold flavours. Like the simple combination of chilli and garlic or good quality olive oil to dress vegetables. I don’t think flavours need to be complicated to be good. I’m loving the produce that’s coming in at the moment as the seasons start to shift. Autumn is the time for delicious produce such as figs and mushrooms.

What will be the prominent food trends for Melbourne events in 2019?

I think it goes back to the simple philosophy, I think we are going to see lots of simple ways of eating, more rustic, home style eating with less fuss.

Events are all about sharing delicious food at the end of the day, it doesn’t need to be complicated, just tasty and abundant.

Serving suggestions – how can people entertaining at home create simple yet stylish ways to impress their guests?

 

 

 

 

 

The best way is to keep it relevant to the dish, if it’s pumpkin tortellini with sage use some fried sage leaves to garnish. You don’t want to garnish for the sake of it. Use fresh lemon if appropriate for fried items, or a simple dusting of icing sugar on a cake, that’s all that’s really needed. I think less is definitely more, let the food speak for itself, arrange it neatly on a plate without going overboard. I’m not into things arranged like a swan.

Thank you to the legendary Guy Grossi for sharing his expert advice on how to impress party guests.

 

For all your party hire needs, the passionate team at Complete Function Hire are on call to discuss your perfect event, contact us today to start your planning.

Serving Suggestions for the Festive Season – Cnk Catering

Warning: Food porn ahead!

Cnk Catering has some seriously good-looking dishes on the menu this party season. We were thrilled to speak to the Cnk team of event addicts to get the low down on their party season must haves plus food styling tips for event planners wanting to impress this Christmas.

What are Cnk’s favourite flavours for event season?

This festive season we’re embracing summer and the modern, outdoor Australian Christmas!

We’re celebrating with seafood stations, piled high with oysters, prawns, mussels and house cured gravlax.

We’re combining this with Nigels’s traditional glazed Christmas ham, and an abundance of fresh and seasonal sides and salads.

Add in a fresh cocktail like a Moscow Mule, and the party is on.

What are Cnk’s style tips and trends for serving up beautiful dishes this festive season?

Less is more! At Cnk we use lots of fresh produce and really let it shine. Serve it up on beautiful, unique platters and you’re bound to succeed. We love garnishing with micro herbs too!

What simple things can people do when entertaining at home to impress their guests?

 

At Cnk we’re big believers in styling with florals! A big bunch of flowers on the table will really go a long way.

We also love using colourful and irregular plates, which is a simple way to bring a look and the dishes to life.

Linen napkins (rather than paper) are a sure-fire way of impressing your guests!

Finally, make your life easy with lots of prep-ahead dishes like salads, grazing boards, and a whole fish that can cook while you entertain – so you can enjoy the party as well.

For catering that is just as beautiful as it is delicious for your next event, contact the team at Cnk

 

 

For all your event hire needs – from crockery and cutlery to glassware and platters (and everything in between), Complete Function Hire is your one stop this Christmas. 

 

 

The Most Beautiful Weddings – Popup With Style

Popup With Style are putting the FUN back into weddings! If they had a theme song, it would be ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ by Queen which is a fitting choice for this team of wedding styling and planning experts – their enthusiasm for creating and delivering awe inspiring weddings is infectious!

The Popup With Style team are magic makers that create the most picture perfect weddings from the ground up at some of Victoria’s most unique locations. This month, we were thrilled to take 5 with the creative geniuses at Popup With Style to get their expert wedding style and event planning tips for the season ahead.

How did you get the awesome idea to create bespoke ‘pop up’ weddings at unique destinations?

We decided that there needed to be someone who specialised in weddings that can be built in a unique way, from the ground up…and Popup With Style was born!  We are passionate about injecting FUN back into the wedding planning journey, ensuring our couples are enjoying the process.

Favourite colour palettes or style trends for the wedding season ahead?

‘Colour is the new black’ – we are absolutely LOVING the injection of bright colour palettes into the industry.  These days couples are focusing more on injecting personality rather than tradition – which we can’t get enough of!

If the Popup With Style team had a message for brides / grooms to be this wedding season – what would it be? How can they make their lives easier and stress less before the big day?

Hire us….hahaha!!  We are the wedding experts, the creatives, the planners + new besties!  We are completely invested in your love story.

Whilst we are foremost in the business of love + fun, there are obviously benefits to having us in their corner. Weddings are our jam – we do this all day, every day. We know the trends, have strong relationships with quality vendors, understand what’s required for a wedding day to run smoothly from setup to packdown and everything in between.

PLUS – always focus on the LOVE.  That is why you are planning a wedding, and everything that matters after.

DIY Tip for event planners – what can event planners do easily for their home or office celebrations to create a bit of mood?

Lighting & music!  Knowing your client really well is also very helpful for creating the mood/vibe they will dig!

Contact the team of wedding experts at Popup With Style to start planning your dream wedding! 

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Credits: 

Feature image and image #4: Venue Manager, Planning & Styling: Popup With Style, Photographer: Daniel Brannan Photography, Furniture, Glassware & Cutlery: Complete Function Hire, Florist: Poppy Culture, Catering & Plates: Mr Hall Catering Co, Perspex Plinths & Table: Meaps, Linen: Di Simmons Linen ,Suit: Mickey Blue Mornington, Wedding Dress  : Amante Bridal (Emmy Mae), Bridal Headpiece & Cuff: Jeanette Maree, Hair & Makeup:  Sophie Knox Makeup,  Male Model: Rory Pierce, Female Model: Frankie Evans

All other images: Popup With Style, Ivory Tribe, Daniel Brannan Photography, Rachael Mary Films, Poppy Culture, One Day Bridal, Make Up By Sophie Knox, Frankie Evans, Clover Culinary Projects, Complete Function Hire, Sally Rose White Label

Your Last Minute Christmas Party Planning Checklist

We are officially in Christmas party season! Which is great if you’ve already organised your office Christmas party – but not quite as joyful a prospect if nothing’s been planned, and suddenly you’ve been lumped with the task of making it happen.

Sound familiar? For you, the team at Venuemob have whipped up a last minute Christmas party planning checklist to get you through December unscathed.

1. Figure out what your non-negotiables are

This first step is arguably the most important one. Know exactly what you need from your Christmas party and your venue, because it will impact the entire process of planning your event. Decide from the get-go whether those items on your list fall under ‘must have’ or ‘that’d be great’.

Your very-much-confirmed budget could be the non-negotiable. It could be the date of the event. It could be accessibility requirements, or menu items (vegetarian, Kosher or Halal, for instance).

Identifying your non-negotiables and must-haves early will make the rest of the process of planning your last minute office Christmas party SO much easier.

The team at Venuemob recommend that you work out your ‘non negotiables’ for your event. For example – an outdoor space for guests to relax and mingle might be a ‘non negotiable’ when selecting your perfect venue – like this gorgeous private courtyard at the Immigration Museum in Melbourne’s CBD.

2. Find some venue options

You’re running out of time, and key dates are getting booked out. You could rack your brains for appropriate venues, contacting them one by one. Or you could book the venue everyone’s sick of – again. Or, you could access best options in one spot. Complete with imagery, availability information (vital), function package and menu information, and a rundown of minimum spend requirements for all spaces.

Venuemob – both as a website and an in-house team to assist larger corporate groups – is adept in finding the perfect venue for teams and groups organising last minute Christmas parties. Our tip? Get connected with available venues that suit your budget, with just a click.

Venuemob makes finding your ideal Christmas party venue stress free.
Venue – Melbourne Gallery at Melbourne Museum, Carlton.

3. Is the venue convenient?

This might seem like a no-brainer, but venue location is worthy of its own item in the last minute Christmas party planning checklist. Is the venue conveniently located for your colleagues or guests? Where is it in relation to your office, and public transport options? How far will they have to stumble post-party? The distance guests have to travel to reach the party often influences how many people actually attend, and how much of a good time they have.

4. Ask the right questions

First up? That’s easy. Ask the venue about your non-negotiables.

Next, we recommend the following questions – depending on your requirements, of course.

  • What are our catering options? Is there a bar tab option?
  • How much time will you have for set-up and packdown?
  • Realistically, will guests be comfortable in the space, or will they be squished?
  • What’s included in the cost of the venue hire or min spend?
  • Until what time will we have access to the venue / space?
  • If you need AV – will you need to pay more?
  • If you need an exclusive space – will the public be able to see inside / have access to your space?

5. Organise food and drinks

Important checklist item ahead! How many times have you been to an event and thought afterwards ‘gosh, it was fun – but I wish there had been more food’? Avoid those pitfalls by ensuring you budget and plan appropriately, even when you’re in the throes of last minute Christmas party planning.

Will your guests need lunch? Lunch AND dinner? If you’re planning on serving canapés at your event, how many pieces will your guests need to make sure their tummies are lined? Consider when your event starts, and how long you expect festivities to run.

Same goes for drinks! Beverage packages provide more bang for your buck, and can be limited to a particular number of hours for service – this is a great option for when you have a very specific start and end time, and when you have a large number of guests.

More casual? Chuck some money on a bar tab, and let your colleagues buy their own drinks when it runs out. Easy.

6. Make sure guests are going to have fun!

Be honest. Are your colleagues going to need a helping hand to get mingling and chatting amongst different departments? If the answer’s yes, we recommend including an activity in the day’s festivities: go karting, an escape room, or other hands-on, fun experiences. You could even choose a venue that comprises both an activity, AND the food and booze everyone’s looking forward to.

For other teams, the only the thing they’ll need to have a great time is a great soundtrack. If you’re planning on bringing your own music or playlist, double check whether your venue is able to provide an aux cord and speakers, and that you can in fact play your own tunes.

Similarly – if you’re organising a band or DJ, chat to your chosen venue about your plan well in advance so you’re not caught facepalming in frustration on the night.

Want your event to be talked about for years to come? Some venues can provide activities to incorporate into your event such as Melbourne Museum that offers a range of bespoke experiences that will engage and delight your party guests.
Image: Stewie Donn Photography, Melbourne Museum

7. Tee up an after-party venue

This will depend entirely on the vibe and average age of your guestlist, but you may want to consider organising an after-party venue. If that’s the case, here’s the Venuemob hot tip: avoid playing it by ear on the night.

Nothing takes the wind out of a group’s party sails quite like standing on a street corner trying to decide which direction to take, or waiting in line at a club!

Whether it’s a reserved VIP booth or an entire semi-exclusive section of a bar, make sure it’s a done deal before the date of your office Christmas party. It might even be worth sending out an email to your team during the party planning process to gauge how many guests are keen, and which venues they’d prefer for kick-ons.

So. What are you waiting for? Go forth and lock in your last minute Christmas party, and deliver an event that runs like a planned-months-in-advance Christmas party.

With Venuemob on your side, you’ll be sinking a bev (or five) and enjoying a tasty morsel (or ten) in the perfect venue in no time.

Check out Christmas party venues on Venuemob >>

 

For all your festive season event hire needs – contact the friendly team at Complete Function Hire today.

Venues we Love – Summerfields Country House & Estate, Mornington

Country and garden weddings are always in style.  Summerfields Country House and Estate is a simply stunning property based on a large olive grove on the Mornington Peninsula.  Only a short hour’s drive from Melbourne, the style and elegance of the venue is typical of the Cape Cod style architecture reminiscent of the East Coast of America. The team at Complete Function Hire were thrilled to speak to Tania Ng, Event Coordinator of this unique hidden gem to find out why Summerfields is the ultimate destination for beautiful weddings and stand out business events.

The lush surrounds of the Olive Grove are tranquil and green and feature a picture perfect ornamental lake. 

What kind of events do you host at Summerfields and what makes these stand out for clients and guests?

Summerfields is the perfect destination for all kinds of events and our multiple event spaces allow us to cater for large events and more intimate events too. We are perfectly suited to business events including conferences and meetings through to large scale family days, team building days and VIP business retreats. Automotive events are also popular due to the long driveway and wide open spaces.

Wedding and event planners enjoy the versatility of the venue which includes multiple spaces for ceremonies or break out areas.

Really anything is possible at Summerfields!  I think what makes the venue so memorable is the stunning surrounds, the unique opportunities to include experiences (such as Olive Picking or a traditional High Tea) and the high quality catering. We are really committed to working closely with event planners to ensure that their wedding, celebration or business event is just perfect.

What makes Summerfields such a special destination for beautiful weddings?

Instagram-worthy ceremony spots and photo backdrops are abundant at Summerfields. 

 

Summerfields  is set on beautiful grounds surrounded by a delightful semi-formal garden, an enchanted grove of 2000 olive trees and an ornamental lake where our family of resident geese make their home.  Our unique venue provides many photography opportunities with many beautiful backdrops (and ceremony spots) as well as a private place for the wedding party to relax and stay in afterwards – everything you need for your special day is all under the one roof.  We are so proud of our wedding and event menus which are all hand crafted with love by our dedicated chef and kitchen team.

For something different – event planners can incorporate an olive picking or olive oil tasting session into their event. Image by Shot From The Heart Photography.

Tell us about the accommodation on site?

Our boutique onsite accommodation is a real feature of the property and enjoyed by couples after their special day or used for events such as family reunions and special milestones. We have 6 individually styled suites and each is a haven for rest and relaxation. We love cooking up a big home style breakfast for our visitors the day after their wedding or event! Corporate retreats are also perfectly suited to the venue and event planners love incorporating outdoor team building experiences into their conference.

Speak to the friendly team at Summerfields about your upcoming wedding or event today.

 

For all your event hire needs, Complete Function Hire are here to help. 

 

 

*Feature image by Tim Drum Photography

3 Interns, 3 Stylists, 3 Events, 3 Hours – Event Styling Competition

3 Interns, 3 Stylists, 3 Events, 3 Hours – was an exciting competition held in July at the new No.1 event space in Malvern. The competition was the brain child of the always innovative Elizabeth Hollingsworth, Director of My Event Décor.

Complete Function Hire were thrilled to be part of this 20 strong industry supplier collaboration as the concept was just so cool! The competition was created to help event management students understand what clients want (and on a limited time frame which is very much an event industry standard these days).

One of the talented event management students, Clare Brown setting her Jumanji themed table (long rustic table provided by us).
Credits: Event management college: William Angliss Institute, Stylist: Artmospherix,
Organiser: My Event Decor, Photographer: Jackie Dickson,Venue: No 1, Bark candle holders, monstera placemats, antler bones, faux mother of pearl cutlery: My Event Decor
Trees: Green Event, Zebra print napkins: Wholesale Wedding, Leopard print velvet table runner: Di Simmons Linen Hire, Props: The Prop Store

 

 

 

3 creative students – Clare Brown from William Angliss, Sam de Silva from Victoria University and Ishita Mandal from Holmesglen Moorabbin, had to complete one table setting per event in an hour or less. The heat was on but it did provide real industry exposure for these talented students. Experienced event stylists from Ruffles and Bells, The Hattie and Bairn Tribe and Artmospherix created mood boards and creative briefs that were then utilised by the students who needed to select items from the rental range at My Event Décor (and had to liaise with a suite of suppliers – from florists to stationary designers – to complete their looks).

A stunning corporate launch look for Exponet developed by Clare Brown featuring our gold cutlery.
Credits: Event management college: William Angliss Institute, Stylist: Artmospherix, Organiser: My Event Decor, Photographer: Jackie Dickson, Venue: No 1, Jazz chair: Exponet, Test tube chandelier: My Event Decor, Casper white weave tablecloth, bright orange damask napkins: Di Simmons Linen Hire

 

 

The students sourced items for themed events including corporate product launches, a Mad Men themed 40th party, a one-year old’s pink birthday party, a Jumanji themed 30th and several wedding looks including Moroccan bohemian, glamorous and contemporary. This exciting competition was captured on video and camera – thus giving the students an excellent portfolio to utilise for their careers ahead.

Talented student Ishita Mandal created an impressive look for Melbourne Watch.
Credits: Event management college: Holmesglen, Stylist: Ruffles and Bells, Organiser: My Event Decor, Photographer: Jackie Dickson, Venue: No 1,  Watch, acrylic display poster: Melbourne Watch, Gold charger plates: Weddings of Distinction, Illuminated acrylic display cube, gold striped candle holders: My Event Decor, Gold Tiffany chairs, gold cutlery, white plinth: Complete Function Hire, Red napkins: Wholesale Wedding, White dinner plates, black vases and flowers: Kmart

Major suppliers included My Event Décor, Complete Function Hire, Weddings of Distinction, Cacao, The Prop Store, Di Simmons Linen Hire, Mini Party People, RTR Productions, Greenevent, Thrive Flowers, Exponet, Melbourne Watch and Helen’s Hill Estate.

An epic Mad Men themed table for a 40th birthday party styled by Sam de Silva.
Credits: Event management college: Victoria University, Organiser: My Event Decor, Photographer: Jackie Dickson, Venue:  No 1, Black bentwood chairs, black easel, communal table, gold cutlery:  Complete Function Hire, Gold charger plates: Weddings of Distinction, Gold striped vase, gold striped candle holders, antler bones:  My Event Decor, 
Place cards:  Sweetheart Creative, 40th birthday sign: Letters from A to Z, Cupcakes: House of Varin

Congratulations to all the students involved and to the team of event gurus at My Event Décor on creating such a fresh concept that encourages creativity and supports career growth in our industry.

 

Contact the friendly team at Complete Function Hire today to discuss your upcoming event. 

 

 

 

How to Enhance Delegate Engagement at Your Next Conference – CIS Event Management

Conference attendees may often attend several business events across the year.  To ensure that your upcoming conference stands out and leaves a lasting impression, we got some expert tips from the professionals! Dee Nicholas and the team at CIS Event Management have been creating exceptional event experiences for over 10 years all over Australia. We were thrilled to catch up with Dee to get her top tips on how to increase delegate engagement and how to provide your guests with a truly memorable experience.

 

What do your attendees want? Just ask.

Don’t take a stab at it – go straight to the source to find out what is going to excite and delight your attendees. Engagement, education and networking are all important but a pre-event survey is a great way to identify what your staff want to see in terms of relevant content. Post event surveys from previous events are also a great way to identify any improvement areas (and these can be administered fairly easily through an electronic system such as Survey Monkey).

It’s all about creating memorable experiences for your delegates.

Create a comfortable environment

Add a personal touch to your conference set up with comfortable lounge areas. Couches and coffee tables help create a relaxed environment for your delegates to unwind and refresh pre and post conference and on breaks. Free Wi-Fi, charging stations and a range of industry relevant magazines are some great added touches that your attendees will appreciate.

Offsite events

Creating an amazing ‘offsite’ event experience at a local landmark venue can be a really exciting addition to a conference. Where delegates have travelled overseas or interstate, it is a nice touch to include an ‘offsite’ event at a different location that showcases local culture and flavours.

Team challenges

Boost team morale by including interactive team building activities throughout your conference. There are so many unique options these days and by surveying your delegates pre and post event, you will be able to identify what style of activities best suits the group demographics.

Go outdoors

Conference programs can be pretty intense for delegates (‘information overload!’) so it’s always a great idea to add an outdoor component. Whether you choose to organise a team challenge in a local park or if you are able to host your working lunch outside – your delegates will be reinvigorated by the fresh air. For something different, why not schedule some ‘walking meetings’ as part of your program (this is great for short sessions with small groups or one on one meetings).

Mix up your program format with different styles of facilitated discussions.

Get creative

Inspire your delegates by including collaborative feature art piece such as a mural or a mood board that delegates can contribute to throughout the conference. Get the creative juices flowing by leaving art supplies, textas, fabrics etc. for your guests to make their mark on.

Food stations

Food stations and buffets are a fantastic, social way of dining that will increase interaction. Add a little fun to your catering with food station themes or elaborate styling features. Don’t forget when selecting your menu to keep healthy options in to avoid the mid afternoon slump.

Mix up your format

Break up back to back presentations and encourage conversation with some different program formats including panel discussions, live Q&A sessions, debates or ‘fish bowl’ group discussions.

If you want your next business event to make an impact, contact the team of business event professionals at CIS Event Management today.


For all your conference and business event furniture and equipment hire needs, contact the friendly team at Complete Function Hire. 

Tips on How to Create Awesome Events – Roquette Catering

Roquette Catering have been creating unforgettable culinary experiences for over 12 years. Using only the best seasonal ingredients, the innovative team at Roquette Catering are renown for creating beautiful Kosher menus and for delivering the most memorable events in Melbourne.

Attention to detail is their happy place and the team at Roquette Catering know just how to throw parties that are talked about for years to come. We were thrilled this month to speak to the team at Roquette Catering to find out about their favourite flavours for winter PLUS some expert tips for event planners.

Innovative menus using only the freshest ingredients.

What are the team at Roquette Catering’s favourite flavours for the cooler months ahead?

We are loving Middle Eastern cuisine at the moment. With its hearty flavours, slow cooked and braised offerings and traditionally served in a family style manner, what is there not to love!

What advice would you give event planners on how to choose the perfect venue?

Awareness of the potential venue challenges is essential for creating a successful event, but only half the battle. How do you avoid these challenges or tackle them as they come up? Simple: you need a game-plan.

Roquette Catering create mouthwatering Kosher menus that party guests talk about for years to come. Image credit Jeremy Blode.

Roquette Catering’s 4-Step Game Plan to Manage any Challenge and Create and Awesome Event

1. Collate all your questions into a single document and bring it with you when assessing venues. Simply present it to the venue when you arrive and tick off all questions, to make sure you learn everything you need to know about the venue.

2. Invite your caterer along to view the kitchen. It’s important they know what facilities are available before selecting your menu!

3. Obtain costs for any additional equipment that may be needed in the kitchen or elsewhere as early as possible, so you can assess and budget them into the venue price.

4. For destination events, your best bet is to hire a coordinator who has experience in planning events at your destination.

A magnificent feast by Roquette Catering. Image credit Jeremy Blode.

Food trends for 2018 – what are the ‘must have’ menu choices for 2018?

Back to basics – good, nutritious and real food rather than over complicated dishes.

Homemade everything from dips, condiments, pickled and kimchi. Ethical and sustainable food is a highlight.

Meat alternatives such as our kale and quinoa patties rather than your traditional burger.

Roquette Catering’s Confit Salmon dish is not only beautiful, it is bursting with fresh flavours.

What can event planners incorporate as an exciting point of difference for their Bat Mitzvah or Bar Mitzvah?

Personalisation – with so many celebrations it is easy to mixed up into what everyone else is doing. By adding a level of personalisation from menu design and concepts to styling, printing and entertainment, guests will feel like they are celebrating the individual.

To celebrate your next event in style, contact the team of catering and event experts at Roquette Catering today.

*Feature image credit – Charlene Miller. Styled in conjunction with The Style Shed

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For all your event hire needs – the team at Complete Function Hire are on hand to help ensure your upcoming event is perfect.