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Interview with top Melbourne event styling company: Place Settings!

I was very excited to interview the team from Place Settings. A quick look at their website and I knew straight away that the business was right up my alley! The images alone made me want to plan an event just to hire their treasures!

Place Settings has been bringing gorgeous event styling solutions to Melbourne for more than 15 years! I would love to take a look around their storage space, because let’s be frank, if we’re not already married most of us girls are secretly (or not so secretly) planning our wedding festivities, partners in tow or not! This event styling company does more than just weddings though. Product launches, large-scale corporate functions and racing marquees are all in a day’s work for these guys!

The range of their products available to hire is quite stunning: from vintage to modern, playful to sophisticated, classic to edgy. My favourites? The oversize wire letters, the vertical gardens and suspended flowers, and the super chic French Provincial dining chairs.

So take a read below to find about more about this creative Melbourne event styling company (and the enviable jobs involved!).

Tell us how Place Settings started? 
The business started in 1996 as a small enterprise with the aim to provide quality product and
service to the Melbourne catering industry. Then, the main focus of the business was providing
cutlery and crockery for parties and events – which is where the name ‘Place Settings’ stems
from. Over the years the business has grown to offer much more than crockery, cutlery and

Who is behind it? 
Place Settings is owned and operated by Tim Buzzard who has started and led the company
from inception to the present day. Tim worked in the event  hire industry before deciding that
Melbourne needed a new brand with a different approach.

What can Place Settings offer us as party throwers?! 
Place Settings has established itself in the  market place by offering an un­matched range of
quality equipment that is backed up with personal around the clock service. Over the years the
product ranges have grown and are still growing, now offering a wide pallet of premium furniture
ranges to give temporary spaces a permanent feel. The tag line “innovative hiring” sums up
Place Settings’ philosophy towards their products and customer service.

Your favourite job yet? 
The best thing about the event hire industry is that no two days are the same and no two events
are the same. Place Settings is privileged to work with the best in the industry and be part of
some amazing private and corporate events. While most jobs are Melbourne and Victoria based,
Place Settings trucks have travelled as far as Tasmania, Hayman Island and Uluru.

Where do you hope the business will go?
Place Settings is always looking to enhance their range and offer their clients something new
and unique. The company is growing and striving to be a leader towards their customers in the
market place as well as in their internal operations, their staff and their systems.

Tell us about some of the current trends in party hire?
The Place Settings clientele is sophisticated and hungry for new and innovative products which
Place Settings answers through constant development of their offering, going the extra mile for
their customers and investing in the right technology to back a successful operation.

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