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. 

Who’s Who at Complete Function Hire – Caitlin Stafford, Kitchen Crew

At Complete Function Hire, we enjoy working with Melbourne’s best event planners, venues and event stylists to help create amazing events.

We continue to work with the best in the biz because we take extra great care of our hire products. Our hardworking Kitchen Crew is responsible for cleaning and polishing our party hire products to perfection!

On this month’s “Who’s Who at Complete Function Hire” we chat to one of our awesome Kitchen Crew team members, Caitlin Stafford. When she is not working hard in our Kitchen to get our hire products looking immaculate, Caitlin is studying to be a nurse and loves to play video games.

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

I have been working for Complete Function Hire for about 3 and a half years.

What prompted you to start working at Complete Function Hire?

My uncle got me the job to help me get through university (and to help pay for my shopping habits!).

Caitlin and our Kitchen Crew work tirelessly to ensure all of our hire products are immaculate for each and every event.

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

Probably all of them! We are always too busy behind the scenes in the kitchen to see the amazing set ups that the Road Crew do.

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

I love that everyone is a big family. We all work hard and it’s a really friendly environment.

Favourite hobbies and past times?

Playing video games and shopping.

Favourite food and drink?

Vegan burrito from Trippy Taco in Fitzroy and Rekorderlig cider.

Who do you barrack for in the AFL (or other favourite sport) and why?

I go for the Bulldogs because they won last year and Richmond because they won this year!

Speak to the team of event experts at Complete Function Hire about your upcoming event 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! 


Who’s Who at Complete Function Hire – Andrew Foulstone, Director

Furniture Hire Melbourne

Complete Function Hire has been delivering amazing events across Victoria for the last 17 years.

Our busy operation was founded by our fearless leaders Steve Withers and Andrew Foulstone – both of whom are heavily involved in the business today.

On this month’s Who’s Who at Complete Function Hire, we chat to our Director Andrew Foulstone to find out why he founded Complete Function Hire and to see what makes him tick. Mad Essendon supporter, published novelist and passionate event industry expert – it is Andrew’s role to ensure that we to continue to provide Melbourne’s best event hire service to our valued clients and event partners.

Furniture Hire MelbourneHow long have you been involved in the events industry?

20 years.

What prompted you to start Complete Function Hire?

I worked for another Melbourne hire company and I was told from the clients I dealt with that if I wasn’t there they wouldn’t use said hire company. I heard this enough times and thought, well why not start my own hire company? Steve was also hearing the same thing from his clients and we decided to get together and start Complete Function Hire and the rest is history.

First gig?

From small beginnings, our first job was a small cocktail party at a private residence in which we supplied glasses. We were so excited we sent the client a bunch of flowers to thank them for our first job.

Equipment Hire Melbourne
Andrew loves his footy and is a proud Essendon supporter.

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

The most memorable event was an outside broadcast/promotion for Triple M radio who were having a contest called ‘Buried alive for Live’. A contestant had to spend all day in a coffin to win tickets the Live concert. We set up a broadcast stage and marquee on Southbank and then had to create a pop-up graveyard for the audience to watch the contestant. We had to source a coffin, build a stage with a clear front and hole in the middle to lower the coffin down ‘underground’ to replicate the act of burying him alive. After weeks of preparation and sourcing it went off without a hitch. Steve and I even got to play the part of the funeral workers lowering the coffin under the stage.

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

Without a doubt, it would have to be the people. Staff and clients alike are what make this place special. We work hard and have a lot of fun doing it. I can’t remember that last time I came into work and didn’t have a least one good laugh.

Favourite hobbies and past times?

I love reading and writing. Time for some shameless cross promotion. In my spare time over the last few years I have written and published a seven book fantasy series. Here is my website and facebook page. Check it out!


Who do you barrack for in the AFL (and other sports) and why?

Furniture Hire
Andrew is a die-hard Essendon Fan and Complete Function Hire are proud event partners of the club.

Can there be any doubt I am a die-hard Essendon man?! Great to see the team bounce back and make the finals after a very tough few years and we are proud corporate sponsors of the club. I also follow the San Francisco 49ers in NFL, been following them since the Montana/Rice days of the 80s. Cricket is another one, looking forward to a great Ashes series this year. Hopefully we can send the ‘poms’ packing this year.

For all of your event hire needs, speak to the team of customer service driven event experts at Complete Function Hire today.

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!*


Image for web

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.

image for ws

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 – Proud Event Support Partners of The Essendon Football Club

Events, Furniture Hire, Melbourne Events, Hire, Party Hire

AFL Season is here and the team at Complete Function Hire couldn’t be more excited! The footy has officially started and that means lots of awesome events.

We are proud Event Support Partners of the Essendon Football Club. We are providing a range of furniture and equipment hire for Essendon Football Club’s exciting calendar of events including all home games at the MCG and Etihad Stadium for the Chairman’s Events. 

events, sporting events, Melbourne

We enjoyed providing furniture and being a part of the awesome Essendon Football Club Family Day as well as the stunning season launch event held at Luminaire. We look forward to providing furniture for events at The High Performance Centre which is an incredibly versatile venue to suit all kinds of events from family fun days to birthday parties and from conferences to cocktail parties.

mail chimp

The Complete Function Hire team enjoy working closely with The Essendon Football club to provide furniture hire for their events and our team will be cheering the boys on all season.

Speak to the footy loving team of event experts at Complete Function Hire about your event today.


Complete Function Hire’s Guide to Australia Day Parties

Australia Day Parties, BBQ Hire, Equipment Hire, Melbourne Events

The team at Complete Function Hire love helping our clients create amazing events at home. What better excuse for a house party with family and friends than Australia Day?! In Melbourne, you never know what the weather will do so planning ahead is important. Make sure you have all the furniture and equipment you need to show your guests an Australia Day party they will remember with the Complete Function Hire Australia Day party checklist.

Australia Day BBQ

No Australia Day party is complete without a good Aussie spread. A BBQ at home is an easy and cost effective way to feed your hungry guests. Fire up the ‘barbie’ to throw some ‘shrimp’ on. If you have lots of hungry mouths to feed, hiring an extra BBQ, hot plates or warming oven is a good move to ensure your food stays hot and your guests stay full. Classic Australia Day menu choices include lamingtons and a Pavlova – we have a range of platters, cake stands and crockery to make sure your home cooked creations take pride of place on the buffet.


A well-stocked bar is an Australia Day party essential. An easy option for party planners is to create a self-serve bar for guests to help themselves. Ensure you have plenty of trestle tables and ice buckets to create an awesome self-serve bar as well as plenty of glassware to serve ice cold beers and refreshments.

Set Up

What will the Melbourne weather do on Australia Day? If it is going to be a scorcher or teaming with rain, it is a good tip to plan for both. Market umbrellas will add coverage for both types of weather and our Paddle Furniture range is a great option to provide extra seating for your back-yard party.

Paddle Range, Furniture Hire, Complete Function Hire, Melbourne Events
Complete Function Hire’s Paddle Range is the perfect furniture hire option to create the best Australia Day party at home.


Background music is an Australia Day party must have. If you are listening to Triple J’s Hottest 100 Countdown (an Australia Day tradition) or if you need speakers to play your Best of John Farnham (and other Aussie classics), Complete Function Hire offer a one stop shop for all your AV and sound equipment needs.

Contact the friendly team at Complete Function Hire today to find out how to create a memorable Australia Day party at home.