Complete Function Hire’s Guide To Christmas Events

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Whether you are organising a large office Christmas party or an intimate party at home for family and friends – Complete Function Hire can help make your life easier!

There is so much planning involved to organise the perfect end of year event. Here are some of our team’s top tips on what you need for an awesome Christmas party that your guests will remember.

Décor

Add a festive touch to your end of year event with décor items to suit your style. Complete Function Hire source unique décor pieces from all over the world and hire gorgeous items from lighting to pedestals and mirrors (and so much more!). We have pieces to complement any venue and any theme.

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Give your Christmas Party a festive touch with décor that complements your venue and theme.

Kitchen & Catering Equipment

If you are having Christmas at home, your office or in a marquee at one of Melbourne’s amazing locations, there are a few things to consider. Where there is no commercial kitchen available to service your delicious menu, our team can create a temporary kitchen complete with commercial catering equipment. Depending on your numbers and menu, you may need to consider catering equipment such as warming ovens and trestle tables – our friendly team can help guide you on what you need to cater to your hungry guests.

Furniture

Having ample furniture will create a comfortable environment for your guests. Our team always recommend furniture options such as bar tables, stools and lounges for cocktail parties to ensure there is adequate seating. Depending on your style, your theme or your venue, we have a range of different furniture styles including tables and chairs to complement your look. Our team’s favourite ranges for the festive season include our hair pin range which complements an industrial look (and comes in a range of cool colours) and our rustic paddle range – both ranges have been hand built with love by our team. For a classic furniture look that suits all venues and styles, you can’t go past our Bentwood range which comes in 3 beautiful finishes.

Bar

If you are hosting your event at home or an off-site location, a central bar is the perfect meeting place for your guests to mingle. Our huge range of bars come in different colours, shapes and styles to suit very large or more intimate gatherings. Your well stocked bar will need ample glassware to serve your thirsty guests – ask our team about which types of glasses you will need to suit your beverage package.

Cutlery and Crockery

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Complete Function Hire have a huge range of cutlery, crockery and serving platters for your Christmas event.

Make a statement on your tables with beautiful cutlery and crockery to tie your look together. Function cutlery doesn’t have to be boring! Our huge cutlery range features many styles and colours – our team favourites for Christmas include our festive bronze and gold ranges. Our range of crockery includes on trend gold charger plates and many other styles to make your menu look even more delicious.

If you are in charge of organising the office Christmas Party or if you are entertaining family and friends at home, our experienced team can help make things easy for you. Click here to contact Complete Function Hire.

Who’s Who at Complete Function Hire: Matt Slingo

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Matt Slingo – Complete Function Hire ‘all rounder’

At Complete Function Hire, we pride ourselves on our customer service. Our ability to offer a highly personalised service to our wedding and event clients is largely based on the attitudes of our awesome team. Meet Matt Slingo (Matty) who considers himself a Complete Function Hire ‘all-rounder’. Matty’s hard work and ‘can do’ attitude sees him managing various important parts of our business so that we can continue to deliver amazing events all over Melbourne.

Growing up in Shepparton, Matty has always been a ‘Jack of all trades’. Matty is one of those rare sorts that is great at lots of things. Today, Matty is an integral part of the Complete Function Hire team across a number of areas including IT, transport and operations (as well as always pitching in wherever he is needed in true Complete Function Hire spirit).

When he is not working hard on delivering an amazing wedding or event, Matty enjoys watching the footy and having a laugh with family and friends.

On this month’s edition of ‘Who’s Who at Complete Function Hire’ we get to know Matty and find out why he is so great at what he does.

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

Since 2003.

First gig?

RMIT Conference in Melbourne.

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

We are lucky to work on such a wide range of events at Complete Function Hire which is one of the reasons I love the job so much. One that stands out for me is the Opera in the Market event where we supply equipment and furniture hire for around 2000 guests theatre style and 450 guests for a really amazing dinner function. This event is really special and probably one of the most rewarding to be a part of. We get to work closely with the team from Fred and Ginger Catering and St Vincent’s to deliver this awesome charity event. There is a lot to organise in terms of logistics, running schedules, bump in and bump out requirements as well as operating all the audio visual equipment during the concert. Being part of such a large event is always hard work to ensure everything is perfect but it is also a lot of fun and very satisfying to see the end result.

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Opera In The Market is an iconic Melbourne event that Matt and the Complete Function Hire Team enjoy being a part of.

What do you enjoy about working at Complete Function Hire?

There is a great team spirit at Complete Function Hire – we all work hard but also know how to have a laugh. It’s a great team and friendly environment to work in.

Favourite hobbies?

Snowboarding, spending time with family and friends, attempting to teach myself guitar and going to the footy.

If you need help organising your upcoming wedding or event and want to work with a team that enjoys providing exceptional customer service, click here.

Complete Function Hire’s Trusted Event Partners – Fred and Ginger Catering

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There are so many components to organising and delivering a successful wedding or event. That’s why it is so important to work with event suppliers and partners you can trust. It is all about relationships – we pride ourselves on that at Complete Function Hire.

On today’s blog, we spoke to our Sales Manager Jamie Staton and the Director of Fred and Ginger Catering, Emma Musgrove to find out why relationships are so important in being able to deliver an incredible Melbourne wedding or event.

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The Victorian Market transforms for the incredible Opera In The Market event.

Jamie had this to say about the ongoing partnership between Complete Function Hire and Fred and Ginger Catering:

How long have Complete Function Hire and Fred and Ginger Catering been working together on weddings and events?

We have been working on events with Fred and Ginger since 2006 and have developed a strong relationship over this time – our team always enjoys working closely with the Fred and Ginger team. We work together on offsite events as well as weddings and events at venues all over Melbourne.

Why do you love working with the team at Fred and Ginger?

Fred and Ginger have a great team and are easy to work with.  They also look after some of our own events like our 15-year Celebration and Staff Trivia night. We just have that relationship of working in partnership and helping each other out.

Favourite item on the Fred and Ginger Menu?

Impossible to choose a favourite! Everything is absolutely delicious and always so beautifully presented.

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Complete Function Hire always love working with their trusted event partners on incredible events such as Opera In the Market.

Emma Musgrove from Fred and Ginger Catering had this to say about the importance of working closely with trusted event partners:

Why is it important to work closely with event suppliers that you trust?

Event suppliers are an extension of our brand and we have to ensure that we work with and recommend to our client’s suppliers only that we completely trust will deliver on our promise.  We like to measure this is across a number of key performance indicators, is the product suited to the event, is the product in good condition, is the supplier responsive to providing initial information, follow up information and resolving any issues in a timely manner.  The Complete Function Hire Team are a big tick to all of these.

What are the benefits of working closely together as event partners?

It’s like having an extended family, you can trust them to represent you and your clients without always being at the event to receive deliveries.  It’s a fun and professional relationship and we are 100% confident the job will get done.

If you have a wedding or event coming up and want to work with suppliers that you can trust, speak to the team at Complete Function Hire today.

Complete Function Hire’s Top Tips on How To Throw a Raceday Party At Home

If you didn’t get that Birdcage Marquee invite that you had been crossing your fingers for, why not bring the excitement of the track to your home with our great Spring Racing Carnival party planning tips!

Great friends, great food and cold drinks will make for a fun filled party at home. Here are some other race day party essentials to ensure your guests will have a ball.

Sweep Stakes

No race day party at home is complete without a race day sweep. Ask your family and friends to select a random horse out of the hat for the win. This is a great ice breaker that will get your crowd cheering.

The Bar

Ice cold drinks are a race day essential. Set up an easy to use self-service bar area to make your life easier. We hire temporary bars of all shapes and sizes to fit into your home or back yard and don’t forget to order enough glassware, ice buckets and punch bowls. For an added special touch, try your hand at a signature cocktail and make your own cocktail creation look extra special in one of our wide range of glasses.

The View

For horse racing enthusiasts, a big screen and speakers to hear all the excitement is a great touch for any race day party at home. Ensure you have enough furniture for you guests to be comfortable including bar tables, seating and large umbrellas for the back yard to be sun smart. We have easy to use pop up Marquee’s if you want to create a trackside feel for your own back yard.

The Spread

A classic BBQ is an easy and always well received way to feed the crowd. Check your guest list in advance and make sure you have enough BBQs and warming ovens to feed your hungry guests at once. Complete Function Hire have a range of equipment including platters, cutlery and crockery to make serving your guests easy.

For help on what you need to hire to bring the track to your race day party, speak to the team of horse racing and party enthusiasts at Complete Function Hire.

Complete Function Hire’s Top 4 Wedding Style Trends For This Wedding Season

The team at Complete Function Hire know how stressful wedding planning can be! After all – it is your special day. We are busy preparing for the upcoming wedding season – as are Melbourne Brides to Be. There are so many things to consider for your special day and your planning all starts with choosing your wedding style. This wedding season, there are so many unique and gorgeous styles to choose from and the team at Complete Function Hire have got all your bases covered with our huge range of furniture, equipment and table settings. Here are our top wedding style predictions for this wedding season.

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Romantic wedding styling by Miss Mooie Event Styling (Photograph by Qlix Photography, Floral by Floretta By Grace, Featured on SMP Wedding)

DIY

Melbourne brides are opting to go DIY this wedding season. Wedding inspiration and wedding planning tools are popular and abundant on social media and we are seeing more and more brides choosing to plan and style their wedding themselves. There are many elements to consider when organising your wedding styling – from furniture hire to crockery and cutlery. Many brides are choosing to source fresh flowers and asking friends and family to help them create their own centrepieces and table settings. Working with a trusted and experienced wedding supplier will assist you in being able to create your wedding style vision on the day. At Complete Function Hire, we pride ourselves on helping to guide brides and wedding planners on what type of equipment and furniture is appropriate depending on the desired look, the venue and the guest numbers.

Formal Elegance

We welcome the return to formal elegance this wedding season. The more traditional wedding style returns this season, bringing back all things old fashioned and glamourous. Our Bentwood Chairs are an essential addition to achieving elegant wedding style. Our gold charger plates will be sure add a touch of old fashioned glamour to your table settings.

Metallic Touches

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Gorgeous wedding styling by One Day Your Way featuring our gold cutlery

Bronze cutlery will make a stunning impression this wedding season and will complement either modern styling or a more formal look. Wedding fashion reports are predicting the popularity of metallic fabrics and touches for this summer. Add a point of difference and metallic glamour to your wedding style by incorporating metallic cutlery for your table settings. For a pop of colour, we also have a beautiful metallic blue range.

Pretty Pastels

Pretty pastels create the perfect summer wedding style. Pastels accents will be popular this wedding season and we are proud to offer some gorgeous pastel pieces to create you perfect wedding look from our pastel blue hair pin range of furniture to our pink pastel punch bowls, we can help create a gorgeous pastel look for your wedding.

For advice on how to achieve your ultimate wedding style look contact the team at Complete Function Hire.

Who’s Who at Complete Function Hire:

Nic Lema, Builder & All-rounder

niclemasmallWe pride ourselves on our personal approach and this is all thanks to the team of legends we work with – The Complete Function Hire Team. This month we took five minutes out to chat with Complete Function Hire ‘All Rounder’, builder of our hair pin and paddle furniture ranges and all round great bloke, Nic Lema. When he is not rocking out to Pantera, he is working hard with the team to ensure our furniture gets built to the highest standards and that events run smoothly each and every time.

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

6.5 years

First gig?

Hawthorn Football Club Breakfast at Rod Laver Arena in 2009

What is the craziest thing that has every happened whilst working on a wedding or event and what did you do to resolve it?

Whilst setting up a live digital TV service on a plasma TV at the Melbourne Supper Club for OAKS day in 2013, I couldn’t get a good enough signal from the 6 metre aerial and the big race was about to start! All eyes were on me to fix it before the jump. I liked to think I resolved what could have been a huge issue by remaining cool, calm and collected. From doing so many AV jobs, I know it’s always best to pack a laptop to test our screens and I was able to get a live feed via the internet. All sorted and all in time for the race!

Weirdest place you have ever dropped off furniture or equipment for an event?

Not a weird place but a very last minute event in a far away place! We got a call just before Valentine’s Day 2014 from the Sydney Mayor’s office needing our paddle furniture for a special Chinese New Year event.  I loaded up a 3 tonne truck the next morning and drove straight to Sydney.  I drove up on the Friday and dropped the Complete Function Hire truck at the event site and after a short nap, I was back in the morning to set up and then back again at midnight to bump out before returning back to Melbourne. The team here love to be able to accommodate last minute requests for special events and it was thrilling to be able to deliver!

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

The variety of work – we work on so many different events from intimate wedding ceremonies to huge major events – there’s something different every day.

I also love the relaxed environment and working outdoors with such a great team.

For info on the hair pin and paddle ranges that our Nic builds, click here.

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Nic builds our Hair Pin and Paddle Ranges that are popular for weddings and events.