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.

Venues We Love – The Albion, South Melbourne

Conveniently located in South Melbourne and sprawling across 3 stunning levels, The Albion is Melbourne’s newest event space. Perfectly suited to private and corporate events alike, The Albion’s various, luxe function spaces can accommodate intimate soirees or large, lavish cocktail parties for up to 600 guests across the entire venue. Whilst The Albion is known for it’s cocktail parties, the venue has been designed to adapt to any occasion from product launches, engagement dinners and large scale corporate celebrations of all kinds. On this month’s ‘Venues We Love’, we were thrilled to catch up with the team of event professionals at The Albion to get the low down on their magnificent venue and to get their top tips for event planners this winter.

What makes events at The Albion so memorable?

We pride ourselves on our service and always ensure every guest leaves our venue happy and well fed. Food and beverage is at the heart and soul of what we do and we always deliver this to the highest quality. Your guests can except to leave an event at The Albion on a first name basis with our amazing front of house team who strive to ensure every guest has been incredibly well looked after.

Winter events are perfectly suited at The Albion because…

We have all the provisions to keep guests comfortable no matter the weather. The Lounge boasts leather booths creating a cosy and intimate setting.

The Rooftop is completely enclosed with heating and louvered roof to accommodate Melbourne’s notoriously fickle weather.

We enjoyed being a part of this awesome event at The Albion Rooftop – styled by Miss Carter Style, photographed by Prue Aja Photography

Our function menu features hearty and wholesome, substantial items like our Moroccan Chickpea Tagine with Pomegranate Cous Cous which pairs perfectly with a big bold Two Hands Gnarly Dudes Shiraz from the Barossa Valley, a perfect winter warmer.

What are your team’s top tips for event planners this winter and how can event planners create an event at The Albion that everyone will talk about for years to come?

Being Melbourne’s newest lifestyle venue, we are sure guests will be impressed by our beautiful venue which will provide enough talking points on its own… however you will find everything you need for a memorable event at The Albion, including in house AV, beautiful décor and design, carefully curate food and beverage menus … and of course access to Melbourne’s best event suppliers.

We enjoyed being a part of this awesome event at The Albion Rooftop – styled by Miss Carter Style, photographed by Prue Aja Photography

When hosting a function or event in winter there are a few key items every event planner will have on their checklist:

1. A cloak room is essential and often overlooked.

2. An adaptable menu that features seasonal local produce.

3. Climate controlled spaces and a dry, enclosed, heated space for the smokers to congregate.

If you are looking for a stunning Melbourne event space that ticks all the boxes, contact the friendly team at The Albion.  

For all your event hire needs, speak to the team of event professionals at Complete Function Hire today. 

Expert Advice For Wedding & Event Planners – Ed Dixon Food Design

The team at Ed Dixon Food Design ‘live and love food’. Creating spectacular occasions of all kinds since 2001, the team at Ed Dixon Food Design know just how to throw an amazing party!

With an eclectic range of incredible event spaces plus their beautiful menus that look almost too good to eat (almost!), Ed Dixon Food Design has gone from strength to strength over the last 17 years.

We were so delighted to speak to the team of catering and event gurus at Ed Dixon Food Design to find out about their wedding and event trend predictions for this year and to get their top tips on how to make an event really special.

What are the Ed Dixon Food Design team’s catering and event trend predictions for 2018?

Shared dining is still easily our most popular menu for weddings and events and we’ve seen this evolve into huge grazing tables. In 2018 we think this will lead to more DIY food stations – taco bars, sundae toppings, “pimp your Prosecco”, etc. This type of event is a win-win – guests enjoy the novelty of something different whilst hosts can tackle dietary requirements, quantities and variety really easily.

Ed Dixon Food Design’s gorgeous (and healthy) Ocean Trout canapés are an essential menu choice. Image @bravonovember

The focus on health is continuing with trends leaning towards a more vegan offering – poke bowls, acai bowls, substantial salads. Also, non-alcoholic cocktails are increasing in popularity.

At the other end of the scale, we’re also seeing an increase in ‘midnight snacks’ at weddings and evening events. Think pulled pork sliders, loaded fries and mini ice-creams – carnival type food!

Salted Caramel Ice Cream Pops are always a huge hit at the end of the night. Image @hellourbansafari

Tell us about some of the most unique spaces that you create in events in.

The most unique space we’ve been in recently would be the Gershwin Room at The Espy. We did an event there whilst the rest of The Espy was still gutted. The atmosphere was super spooky!

What are the team’s favourite wedding style predictions for this season?

For styling themes, we think Scandi will still be big – timber, clean lines and a warm atmosphere work so well at weddings, also the style is very accessible as it’s present in many areas of our lives; furniture, décor, etc. We predict the Palm Springs theme to become more commonplace – the colour palettes are great and everyone loves a relaxed summer vibe! We also think balloon installations will become bigger and crazier!

‘Wed-stivals’ are one of the team’s wedding style predictions for this year. @michaelbriggsphotography

The other trend we’re predicting is more wed-stivals – Festival Weddings. We’ve started doing a few of these, but with the popularity of glamping, music festivals and festival-type styling, we see this becoming more popular.

Tips for event planners – what are your team’s top tips for organising memorable events this year?

• We love an outdoor party however always make sure a wet weather contingency is in place!
• Trust your suppliers – they are (generally) experts and have a heap of experience planning events like yours.
• Preparation is key – we recommend maintain a Master Sheet, which has all your supplier details and information. This will allow your Event Manager to identify gaps or troubleshoot BEFORE the day of your event.
• When in doubt, pay a professional. Similar to the saying “If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional, wait until you hire an amateur…” You will NOT feel like hanging lights or putting on chair covers on the morning of your wedding. You also won’t feel like packing up and carrying everything home after your reception so pay the extra and have it all done for you.
• And in terms of weddings – take a moment to soak it all up – it goes way too fast!

Ed Dixon Food Design’s Berry Smash Cocktail is a stunning addition to any soiree. @bravonovember

What’s new at Ed Dixon Food Design?

We have a new head chef who is bringing a wealth of knowledge and fresh ideas to the team. Plus, a change of season means new menus are out soon! Watch this space.

If you want to make your wedding or upcoming event reallys special, contact the awesome team of foodies at Ed Dixon Food Design today.

The team at Complete Function Hire are at your service to discuss all your wedding and event hire needs. 

*Feature image credit @bravonovember

Complete Function Hire’s Best Bits of 2017

The team at Complete Function Hire would like to wish our wonderful clients, supporters and amazing event partners a very Merry Christmas.

Oh what a year it has been! With too many extraordinary events to mention here – we took 5 to ask our team of event experts about their best bits of 2017 and to spread some Christmas cheer.

Amazing Events – All Over Melbourne!

2017 was chock full of so many amazing events, it really is impossible to mention them all. We are privileged to work with so many talented and creative event planners at Melbourne’s best venues. Cam Munro, our General Manager, said that ” My event highlight of the year was the Australian Republic Movement Gala Dinner at the iconic Royal Exhibition Buildings. It was a HUGE event and I was proud of the way the whole team worked together seamlessly to get it done”.

This amazing event at the Royal Exhibition Buildings was a team highlight for 2017! Photo credit Stewie Donn.

Our Loyal Clients

The Complete  Function Hire team feel lucky to work with Melbourne’s best wedding and event professionals. Jamie Staton, our Business Development Manager, gives our wonderful clients a shout out, “I just wanted to say a big thank you to all our major clients for a fabulous 2017. We appreciate all the support and we enjoy working with you all. On a personal level, I hope that you all have a fabulous Christmas with family and friends and we look forward to an amazing year ahead. Please stay safe and I hope that you all get a well-deserved break after an extra crazy event season this year”.

Wow Factor weddings kept the team busy in 2017. We love helping people celebrate their special day.

Nathan Purcell agrees that working with great people is one of the best parts of working at Complete Function Hire. “The annual highlight for me would be the end of the year, another successful one almost down. With a big thanks to all our staff, but mostly our clients who without them it wouldn’t happen.. cheers and thanks to all”.

Steve Withers, Complete Function Hire Director said that his highlights of the year came from the huge amount of positive client feedback, “I have been so delighted with the number of positive calls and emails from clients regarding our staff throughout the year”, said Steve.

Team Work

Through all of our cool monthly staff profiles (Who’s Who at Complete Function Hire), one thing that stands out is that our team really enjoy working together (and working hard!). “The real highlight of this year, has been seeing Nic Lema step in to run Operations and excelling in the role under a lot of pressure during peak season” says Cam Munro.

We are lucky to work with Melbourne’s best and most unique event spaces! Melbourne Sea Life Aquarium.

Nic Lema, Operations Manager, said that, “I would like to thank the team especially Matty for helping me out with the load of work that has to be set out, day in and day out… I love when the team comes together to get a massive job done.
Looking forward to the wedding season!”.

Much loved member of staff, Matt Slingo congratulates his team for their hard work across the year, “It’s impressive to see Nic step up to run operations. With that role comes a new set of challenges for Nic – to deliver quality product to our clients during our busiest time of year. It’s always good to see a new batch of road and kitchen staff working together to make it all happen”.

Things We Built – With Love

Andrew Foulstone, Complete Function Hire Director said that, “In a slow year for new product our team were able to build new Lemonade Stands for a large show a the Royal Exhibition Buildings that look fantastic. When asked to custom build something we always aim to exceed our clients’ expectations.”

Thank you once again to all of our followers, clients and event partners for a sensational 2017. We look forward to seeing you all in the new year.

Click here to contact the passionate team of event experts at Complete Function Hire today. 

Complete Function Hire’s Stylish New Crockery & Furniture Hire Ranges for 2018

Complete Function Hire are proud to announce our new furniture and crockery ranges for hire. Coming soon are our two new furniture hire ranges – Cruise Range and Torquay Range.

Cruise Range

Understated and elegant, the Cruise Range is a stylish addition to any venue or event. Coming in two seater and one seater sizes, the Cruise Range is modern with a versatile colour palette of black on charcoal.

Torquay Range

We are excited to introduce the Torquay Range. Coming soon to Complete Function Hire, this simple yet striking range is suited to both indoor and outdoor events.

Concrete Range

Meet the super stylish Concrete Range. Designed to complement a modern or industrial interior, this chic range is available to hire in Entrée, Main, Side and Dessert plates

The Concrete Range adds a stylish touch to the table.

The Duck Egg Range

The Duck Egg range comes in a soft Blue and complements all kinds of cuisines. Coming soon to Complete Function Hire, the Duck Egg range is an elegant crockery choice for any occasion.

The Duck Egg (Blue) crockery range will be available to hire soon.

Speak to the team at Complete Function Hire today about our elegant new crockery and furniture hire ranges. Available to hire for your event very soon! 


What’s Hot for Event Season? Food Stations

Food Stations are going to be HUGE again this event season in Melbourne. Why? Because food trucks and street food continue to trend in both the private and corporate event markets. Lavish cheese stations overflowing with charcuterie, fruits and (of course) many stunning cheese varieties are an event ‘must have’ at the moment.

Clever caterers include food stations / grazing stations as part of their menu offering and we have some on trend equipment hire items that will complement this style of service.

Our Paddle Food Stalls look great as is OR they can be styled up with foliage or blooms to complement your style or theme.

Our Paddle Food Stalls work well as a bar or as a food station and the chalkboard allows you to create clear signage to showcase what’s on offer to your guests. These lovely stands come in single (shown) or double size for larger crowds.

Lemonade anyone? Our classic Lemonade Stand is retro cool with its pink and white candy stripes and creates the perfect oasis at your event for your guests to refresh themselves (with a lemonade or a mojito).


Want your upcoming event to be exceptional? Chat to the friendly team at Complete Function Hire today.

Who’s Who at Complete Function Hire – Nathan Purcell

The team of event professionals at Complete Function Hire love what we do! One thing we all have in common (aside from enjoying a game of footy and a cold beer), is that we all love to provide the best possible customer service to our Melbourne wedding and events clients and event partners.

On this month’s Who’s Who at Complete Function Hire, we chat to longstanding Complete Function Hire staff member and ‘Director of Advanced Management Operations’, Nathan Purcell. Nathan had a laugh with his title but in reality, the work that our Nathan does behind the scenes coupled with his willingness to bend over backwards to service our clients, makes Nathan a key player in the team. Health fanatic, avid Demons fan and all round great bloke, Nathan has been a vital part of the Complete Function Hire team for over 15 years.


How long have you been involved in the wedding and events industry?

I started my career in events 15 years ago. I was visiting a cousin who worked with Complete Function Hire back in 2001 and I think I asked if I could come in and help out – the rest is history! I have been here ever since.

Most memorable event you have worked on at Complete Function Hire and why?

The most memorable event was the Essendon vs Melbourne AFL Event we were proud to be a part of last month. It was inspirational to meet and chat to Neil and Terry Daniher during the game. Since then, I have been inspired to start running again and have since entered cure fight MND fun run on the 30th July and I have also registered to be a cure MND volunteer.

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What do you enjoy best about working at Complete Function Hire?

The people I’ve worked with over the last 15 years – both the Complete Function Hire team and our clients – make it a wonderful place to work.  I have made long lasting friends here at Complete Function Hire – it’s great to work with great people in an industry where no day is the same. There’s never a dull moment!

Favourite hobbies and past times?

I enjoy running three times a week and going to the gym 5 or 6 times a week. Golf, Cycling and fishing are also favourite past times (depending on the weather).

Favourite food and drink?

I used to enjoy a cold beer and Thai food but now I am all about the protein shakes and chicken which is boring but part of my health kick.

Who do you barrack for in the footy?

Melbourne in AFL and Rebels in the Rugby.

For all your event hire needs, speak to the passionate team at Complete Function Hire today, we would love to help with your upcoming event.


WIN AMAZING PRIZES from Complete Function Hire this Winter

Complete Function Hire have all your event hire needs sorted! From furniture hire to AV and equipment hire to décor – we are your one stop shop for your winter events.

As an added bonus (and for a bit of fun), we are running an exclusive WINTER COMPETITION with INCREDIBLE PRIZES to be WON including tickets to the Portsea Polo with Helicopter transfers, exclusive marquee tickets to Oaks Day for Spring Racing Carnival and a magnum of Laurent Perrier Champagne. We are excited to be giving away nearly $5,000.00 worth of prizes!

All you have to do is place your event hire orders with us over the winter months and you will instantly go into the prize draw when you spend $500.00 on hire. The more you spend with us over winter, the greater chance you have of winning one of these amazing prizes!*


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1st Prize – 2 x Tickets to Microflite Portsea Polo Marquee with return Helicopter Transfers from Melbourne City Helipad. Arrive at the Polo in style and party in the exclusive Microflite Portsea Polo Marquee.

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2nd Prize – 2 x Tickets to the Idiom Events Marquee Oaks Day, Flemington. Base yourself Trackside in the glamourous Idiom Events Marquee for an exclusive cocktail party. 


3rd Prize – 1 x Magnum Laurent Perrier Champagne

How to Win

For your chance to be in the draw to win one of these awesome prizes, simply order from Complete Function Hire over the winter months. For every $500.00 you spend during June, July or August 2017, you will receive one ticket into the prize draw which will be announced early September 2017.

Terms and Conditions*

All confirmed orders placed for events occurring in the months of June, July and August 2017 will receive an automatic entry ticket into the prize draw for every $500.00 spent on hire items (ex. GST) with Complete Function Hire in June, July or August 2017. Total price excludes delivery charges. Prizes will be drawn at random on Thursday 7th September, 2017 and winners will be contacted in person on the day and/or by email. Prizes are not refundable or transferrable.

To place your winter event hire orders and for your chance to win these incredible prizes, contact the team of event professionals at Complete Function Hire today



Complete Function Hire’s Guide to The Latest & Greatest Melbourne Event Spaces – BRUNSWICK FOODSTORE

Complete Function Hire love working closely with Melbourne’s best function venues to supply furniture, décor and equipment for amazing events. Melbourne boasts so many incredible event spaces of all shapes, styles and sizes (we are spoilt for choice!).

Situated in the heart of Brunswick, Brunswick Foodstore is a popular local foodie hot spot. At night, the bustling café becomes a warehouse style function space – a blank canvas that can been transformed to suit all kinds of corporate and private events.

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Complete Function Hire enjoy providing furniture and equipment hire for amazing events at Brunswick Food Store. Image credit Perfect Events.

Nestled inside the skeleton of a beautiful old Heritage building, the Brunswick Foodstore has a cool, industrial edge and is incredibly versatile in terms of set ups and style. Many of our furniture ranges for hire fit so well into this flexible space including our funky Hair Pin Range. Our Bentwood Chairs are always a popular choice and no party is complete without a dancefloor to dance the night away!

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From gorgeous weddings to amazing corporate events – Brunswick Food Store is a flexible space that can accommodate up to 150 guests.

With a cool, industrial edge, Brunswick Food Store is a unique Melbourne function space, bursting with character for your next party of up to 150 guests.  Looking for a function space that is just a little bit different (and very cool?), make sure you speak to the friendly team at Brunswick Food Store.

For your next event at Brunswick Foodstore, contact the team at Complete Function Hire for all your event hire needs.



Complete Function Hire’s Office Party Checklist

End of financial year is upon us and we are excited to work with Melbourne businesses to help create your ultimate EOFY event.

If you are celebrating your businesses success with a party in your office, here are our team’s top tips on the equipment and furniture you need to hire to ensure your EOFY event is a hit.


Complete Function Hire enjoys working with Melbourne’s best caterers to deliver incredible office parties! Depending on your guest numbers, you might need to consider hiring warming ovens and some trestle tables for your caterers to be able to create their amazing menu. Service equipment such as crockery and cutlery are always essential and depending on the style of menu, we have a range of gorgeous platters to serve canapés to your hungry guests.

The Bar

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Your guests will enjoy celebrating the year that was with a champagne toast. Depending on your office space, you may consider having a simple bar set up with linen covered trestles and some refreshments pre-poured to ensure speedy service to your thirsty guests. Alternatively, make the bar a focus point that stands out such as a white pressed metal or black acrylic bar. A range of glassware is necessary and again, depending on your guest numbers and style of drinks on offer, a mix of champagne flutes, red and white wine glasses and tumblers for beer and soft drinks are always good choices.


For office cocktail parties, bar trees and café tables will allow your guests to have a place to mingle and to put their drinks down. Some seating is essential and for winter events, a comfy lounge area complete with sofas and coffee tables is always a great addition to any soirée. If you are planning on having an outdoor area – don’t forget to order heaters (a Melbourne winter event essential!).

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Planning on dancing the night away? Make sure you have a good quality PA system and speakers to help you get your guests on the dancefloor. For any event formalities, ensure that you organise equipment a microphone for speeches and monitors, screens and projectors for presentations.


Extra touches such as cushions, lamps and lighting will create ambiance for your office event. Floral arrangements become a gorgeous feature when arranged on pedestal boxes.


The team at Complete Function Hire would love to chat about your office party and can help guide you on what you need to create an event that your guests will remember. Contact our friendly team of event experts today.