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.