We understand just how hard the last couple of months have been for our beloved events industry.
We are here and we are excitedly planning for our industry to make a comeback. While some of our procedures have changed, our commitment to helping make memorable moments remains the same.
We welcome the Victorian Government’s latest updates and plans to reboot the hospitality and events industries. A tiered approach to group numbers has been announced, with view to venues being able to host gatherings of up to 100 guests in July or August. Social distancing is the new norm and will need to be carefully considered by venues. We can help segment your space and provide your guests with peace of mind with a range of social distancing solutions including partitions, floor decals and more.
Sanitisation & Safety
The health and safety of our team, clients and event partners is paramount to us – and always has been. We have updated our sanitisation processes as follows;
All cutlery and crockery is pre-washed
Our hire products are then double washed (at extremely hot temperatures) using commercial grade sanitisation and cleaning products
Our hire products are double rinsed (at extremely hot temperatures)
All hire products are sterilised with cutlery and crockery being sealed air tight immediately after sterilisation and hand polished by our highly trained staff
All staff wear gloves and are always required to wash their hands very regularly
Our offices and warehouse continue to be cleaned and sterilised daily
We are excited to provide you with disposable solutions for your event needs. Speak to our friendly team of party pros to find out more about our disposable ranges including cutlery, crockery, glassware and platters.
Delivery & Collection
We have updated our delivery and collection procedures to ensure a safe and seamless process for your event hire needs as follows:
Our clients and event partners will be called before we leave our Warehouse and then again on arrival before entering your venue.
Complete Function Hire staff will wear PPE, with all of our vehicles remaining well stocked with PPE and hand sanitiser.
Our hire products are all cleaned and sanitised before loading, then cleaned again onsite and again on return to our Warehouse.
Our truck boxes are professionally cleaned and sanitised every day.
We been busy hand crafting some exciting new products and getting our Warehouse in order for a busy event season ahead. Our team are here for you and we cannot wait to bring your dream event to life very soon.
On this month’s Venues We Love, we were thrilled to chat to the creative team of event experts at Fourside Events about their chic new space, 40 Rd.
Simplistic industrial design features including polished concrete floors are complemented by abundant natural light in this ultra cool, pillar less space.
Comfortably hosting events for up to 200 guests (stand up), 40 Rd provides superior flexibility for wedding and event planners who like to think outside the box.
Why is 40 Rd the best place to party?
40 Rd is fresh on the Melbourne event scene. One of the best things about our space is that it can be anything you want it to be – from a glamourous fashion catwalk to an intimate wedding soirée or VIP management meeting… the possibilities at 40 Rd really are endless.
What kinds of events do you host at 40 Rd?
From weddings and celebrations through to business events of all kinds (including working days, product launches, photoshoot and wellness retreats), 40 Rd is a modern blank canvas space that transforms to suit your style.
What are your team’s tips for making an event really special?
Find suppliers who get you.
This is the day to change it up and show your guests who you really are. Be you not them!
Fourside Events manage some of Melbourne’s coolest event spaces – tell us why your team are so great at what you do?
We know how to party!!
We handcraft menus and source the freshest local produce.
We approach each event with a customised catering experience tailored just for our clients.
And…. we are excited to announce another cool new venue very soon – watch this space!
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!).
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!
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.
How long have you been involved in the events industry?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jamie had this to say about the ongoing partnership between Complete Function Hire and Fred and Ginger Catering:
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.
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.