5 Tips to Run a Smooth Tradeshow

5 tips to run a smooth tradeshow

Organizing a tradeshow can be challenging due to the complex nature of the event. There are many things to plan for that are crucial to the entire operation. But by following this short checklist, you and your company can have the foundation you need to run a smooth tradeshow.

Create a Buzz

Of course, a tradeshow isn’t an event without attendees. In order to get sellers and buyers to attend your event, you need to get the word out to everyone in the industry. Ideally, you’ll want to come up with a detailed marketing plan to promote the tradeshow on your website, social media, and in your local media sources. You’ll also need a sales kit to market your event to the vendor to show them why they should participate. To create a buzz, you should offer some sort of incentive to both vendors and buyers that will get them excited for your event, like providing a professional designer to improve their booth and an early bird discount.

Time it Accordingly

Timing is everything. If you pick the wrong time of year or a date that coincides with another major tradeshow, your event will suffer. You need to time your event perfectly to motivate attendees to reserve space at your tradeshow and to attract the most amount of people to your event. Even if there are no other trade shows scheduled on the same week as yours, you’re still be competing with other event organizers for people’s time and energy, so plan accordingly.

Hire Enough Staff

Save yourself the effort and use a staffing company for your tradeshow. If you’re short on staff during the big day, it could lead to all sorts of problems. To make matters worse, you’ll be too busy to deal with a staffing shortage. So hire someone who can take care of all the staff hiring and training for you.

Have a Back-Up Plan

To make sure your tradeshow goes off without any disasters, you need to be prepared for everything. That’s why you need to have a backup plan that will provide solutions to problems as they arise. The easiest way to do this is to do some research on the most significant issues that have occurred during tradeshows in the past and then create a solution for each one. You could also write on forums and online groups to ask other event planners what issues they’ve experienced and how they solved them.  That way if anything does happen, you’ll have any unfortunate situations covered, saving you and all the staff a whole lot of stress.

Pick a Suitable Venue

Most importantly, to run a smooth tradeshow, you need to pick a suitable venue. One that can handle all the electrical needs for running power to each and every booth, internet access for hundreds of people, and enough space for your floor plan design.  It can be very convenient to find a venue that can help you take care of the food and drink, provide a customizable space, and help you with some of the logistics.

And that’s where we come in! At St. Elias Centre, our professional team can provide everything you need for your tradeshow. With over 11,500 square feet of divisible event space, a spacious lobby, in-house catering and banquet services, high-speed internet, over 400 parking spots, along with exceptional customer service, we’re the perfect venue for your tradeshow needs!

Use These 5 Tips to Nail Your Big Presentation


Have a big presentation coming up and feeling a little uneasy about it? Those anxious nerves and thoughts of self-doubt are perfectly healthy. But if you want to crush your performance, you need to find a way to stop these negative emotions from coming over you and figure out how to use them to your advantage. Here we’ll show you how you can step up, make an impression and nail your big presentation.

Turn Fear Into Poise

When you take the stage, all eyes are on you, which can leave you feeling a little insecure and anxious. Rule number one — don’t show it. Take ten deep breaths before you head up on stage to help calm your mind and body and improve your focus and clarify. Then step up and take control. Even if you don’t feel particularly confident at first, fake it — stand tall, make eye contact, use hand gestures, and speak loud and clear. The first thing people will notice is your body language, so exude confidence and clarity when you’re delivering a presentation, and people will believe it.

Make a Good Impression

It’s not just what you say; it’s how you look. Make sure you dress the part if you want to nail your big presentation. That means iron your outfit, style your hair, shine your shoes, and look like you’re about to receive an award on stage.

Know What They Want To Hear

Your presentation needs to engage and delight your audience, or they’ll quickly lose interest. Know your audience and then make sure your presentation delivers something engaging and informative.

Be Passionate

Nobody wants to listen to a presentation from someone who isn’t passionate about the topic. Put a little energy and excitement into your presentation, but don’t go over the top. Aim for charismatic, outgoing, entertaining and imaginative, but leave dull, fidgety and hyper backstage.

Prepare and Practice

The more you prepare and practice, the less likely you’ll get nervous and forget what you’re supposed to say. That’s why you need to come prepared to deliver. Don’t just draft up a presentation and speech and expect it to go smoothly. Practice it at least five times from beginning to end. If you have a spouse or business partner, make sure to practice it in front of them so they can help make suggestions regarding your tone and delivery. You should also have all the presentation requirements organized with the event planners at the venue. If you need AV, lights, sound, and a screen for your presentation, make sure its all planned for and tested in advance to prevent a disaster. You’ll be happy you did.

At St. Elias Centre, we have everything you need to nail your big presentation. Our modern multi-purpose event centre has a full-sized theatre stage, podium, and can accommodate any type of AV and light equipment necessary. We also have friendly on-site support who can help you set up so that your presentation goes smoothly. To find out more about our venue, contact us today.

3 Reasons to Go All Out for Your Bar Mitzvah

3 reasons to go all out for your bar mitzvah

Are you gearing up for your bat or bar mitzvah? Mazel Tov! This is a significant milestone for you and your parents. And, since it’s a once in a lifetime event, there’s no better reason to go all out and make it a big celebration where you and your family and friends can have a blast. So if you’re in the midst of planning out your celebration, here are a few good reasons why you should make it an event that you’ll remember for a lifetime.

It’s a Big Milestone

When it’s time to celebrate a coming of age milestone such as this, why not take full advantage and make it an occasion that you and everyone involved can let loose and have some fun? Whenever there’s a reason to have a meaningful celebration, we say go big and make the most of it!

It’s One of the Most Memorable Events In Your Life

Aside from wedding, your bar mitzvah is one of the most significant events that you’ll get to experience in your life, so do it up! Get involved with your parents, ask them questions, and contribute to how your celebration will unfold. Make it just a special as you want and hope for it to be.

It’s All About You

The best part about your bar mitzvah is that it’s all about you! You’re the star of the show, with all eyes on you. So enjoy the limelight as much as you can. Talk to your parents about contributing to the decisions like the theme, the menu, and how it can suit your personality best. Even if you don’t enjoy the idea of having so much attention, this should be something that you discuss with your parents as well so they can arrange the party in such a way where everyone can enjoy it (without making you feel too embarrassed or uncomfortable). Every bat and bar mitzvah celebration is unique from the next, so don’t be scared to do something different!

Celebrating your coming of age is a big deal, and it’s one of the most memorable occasions you’ll get to experience where all eyes are focused on you. So take advantage and go all out for your bar mitzvah!

At St. Elias Centre, we have the perfect space to make your event incredible. We offer an elegant venue with shimmering chandeliers, and luxury, modern décor. Whether you plan for a big celebration or an intimate one, our facility can accommodate. We also have own in-house executive chef that provides nothing but fresh, high-quality, mouth-watering culinary experiences. So when you’re looking to create a memorable, one-of-a-kind bar mitzvah, we can help! Contact us today.

Brush Up on Your Dancing Skills Before Your Wedding Day!

Brush Up on Your Dancing Skills Before Your Wedding Day!

Planning out your wedding day involves a lot of preparation in order to make everything just right. And don’t forget that in addition to the venue and food, weddings are also about dancing! If it’s been a while since you’ve hit the dance floor, it’s time to brush up on your dancing skills before your wedding day so you can look great once it’s time to enter into the spotlight.

Choose Your First Dance

The first dance that you have with your new spouse will probably be the most memorable one that you have, so you want to make it count. With this in mind, try to do something beyond the standard two-step and instead, choose something fun and unique. Think about what suits your style as a couple. Whether it’s a classic Waltz or something funky and modern, make sure you know what you’re doing before you hit the dance floor with an audience.

Choose Your First Song

Your first song choice is also an essential part of what marks that special, romantic moment as a newlywed couple. So you and your fiancée should also put some thought into what your song choice will be for your first dance. Take some time when thinking about your style of dance and choice of song to go with it.

Brush Up On Your General Dance Skills

Remember, you’ll be on the dance floor all night long with fixed eyes from all of your family and friends on you. Plus, it will most likely be captured on film. So it’s helpful to brush up on your general dance skills, too. By doing this well in advance, you can feel more confident once the DJ spins some Uptown Funk.

Join a Dance Class

If you feel like “two left feet” best describes your current dance skills, you’ll need to dedicate at least five hours of lessons to become somewhat of a pro on the dance floor. However, if it is a simple brush up, then an hour lesson can be enough. Start well in advance with your lessons so you can have more time to practise if needed.

Don’t forget to prepare for your wedding day by brushing up on your dancing skills so you can feel great when the spotlight is on you. And, when you’re ready to book an event venue that can offer the space, luxury setting, and quality food and service that you need, contact us at St. Elias Centre. We are committed to making your dream day just as you expect it. Contact us today to learn more!

Planning a Graduation Party to Remember

Planning a Graduation Party to Remember

When you think back to your high school years, it may seem like it was a lifetime ago. But graduation is something that will always carry fond memories of how excited and proud you felt. It’s a pivotal moment that celebrates one of the first significant milestones of academic success. So when it’s time to recognize your child’s graduation, it deserves to be observed in a momentous way.

Planning a graduation party to remember requires a few important elements, like a suitable venue with plenty of space and in-house catering. Here are some tips to help get you started.

Making the Guest List

Talk to your teen about who to invite. You need to know whether this will be a friends-only event, or if it will include family members as well. This will let you determine the appropriate tone of the graduation party and will enable you to lock down a venue once you know how many will be attending.

Picking a Venue

You can’t throw down the party of the year without the perfect venue. And since graduation is a busy time, it’s always essential that you book a spot at least 3 months in advance. Keep in mind that you need enough space and flexibility to accommodate your needs, including a semi-formal setting with a dance floor so your child and their friends can have some fun.

Determining Food & Entertainment

When it comes to planning a graduation party that will impress – or any memorable event, for that matter – the food and entertainment are what really counts. It’s what most guests look forward to! So this needs some extra thought and consideration. When figuring out these areas, you need a comprehensive mix that will appeal to everyone. The venue that you book should be able to help provide or assist with catering services, along with recommendations for service providers, such as a DJ.

Making the Right Impression with St. Elias Centre

The St. Elias Centre can make your graduation party planning a breeze. Here, you can find everything you need all within our modern, multi-purpose event space. Our centre is designed with convenience in mind, including plenty of parking, a spacious lobby, and an 11,500 square foot hall. So whether you have 50 guests or 400, we can accommodate.

Need in-house catering and service that doesn’t suck? We have you covered for that too! In fact, we go above and beyond to ensure that our comprehensive menu options created by our executive chef use only the best quality ingredients to create the ultimate culinary experience for you and your guests. Our staff are here to help make your event a culinary success.

When it’s time to put your child’s graduation plan into action, visit our website or contact us directly to learn more about how we can assist you. At St. Elias, we’re happy when you’re happy.

6 Unexpected Appetizers for Your Summer Wedding

6 Unexpected Appetizers for Your Summer Wedding

When you’re making plans for your big day, keep in mind that your guests come for two main reasons – you and the food. After all – eating is one of life’s greatest pleasures! And, although your main course will steal the show, you want your apps during cocktail hour to wow your guests and set the culinary tone off on a high note. So if you’re looking to wow your guests with some wonderful appetizers for your summer wedding, here are a few favourite creative ideas to consider.

Fried Mac & Cheese Lollipops

Who doesn’t love mac and cheese? Indulging in pasta that’s smothered in gooey, cheesy goodness is what these special occasions are all about! By creating little mac and cheese lollipops, you can make them even more delectable and suitable for your summer wedding.

Mini Corn Dogs & Beer

Throw your guests by surprise with this satisfying pairing. Mini corn dogs on a stick served with a dollop of ballpark mustard is a throwback that everyone will love. You can serve this on a small white plate with a shot glass of ice-cold refreshing beer to finish it off. It’s a delicious combination that is guaranteed to make your guests pleasantly surprised.

Fish & Chip Cones

Crispy pieces of battered haddock with fresh cut fries is another perfect appetizer to serve during your cocktail hour. To put a creative twist on this classic dish, stick with the miniature theme and serve these up in cute little newspaper cones.


Tacos are the perfect unexpected appetizer for your summer wedding because they’re so versatile. You can top them with just about anything you choose.

Mini Lobster Rolls

They’re rich, creamy, fresh, and delicious. Lobster rolls are another comfort food staple that’s always a winner for any special summertime occasion.

Mashed Potato Martinis

Dress up your favourite side dish by serving up mash potatoes in a martini glass. You can top them with scallions, bacon bits, sour cream and whatever else you enjoy. Your guests will love it!

At St. Elias Centre, we know that every detail matters, especially when it comes to food. That’s why we provide in-house catering with our own executive chef, which allows us to create a dream feast for you and your guests. Explore our menus online, or get in touch to learn more about how we can help you build your dream wedding day.

A Look At Our Menus Pt. 2

A Look at our Menus Pt. 2

At St. Elias Centre, we are the experts at hosting events. We host hundreds of special occasions each year, from weddings to galas, bar mitzvahs, and corporate functions. People choose our facilities because we offer an elegant setting, flexible design, professional staffing, and imaginative and innovative cuisine that keeps people coming back. To see what all the fuss is about, here’s a peek into our two most requested event menus and what they have to offer.

Social Events, Galas, Fundraisers

For our special events, we offer our guests the choice between one of the most delectable three-course plated dinners or a premier buffet selection. So whether you’re planning a formal sit-down event or networking one, we have you covered.

Three Course Dinners

Our fine dining option features a three-course menu that is designed to astonish every one of your guests. Our trained staff will start by serving you a tasty mixed salad, followed by your choice of favourite main, accompanied by vegetables with roasted potatoes or rice, and finished off with a delectable choice of strawberry shortcake or black forest cake served with tea and coffee.

For the main course, your guests will get to personalize their plate with their favourite quality meat like stuffed chicken florentine, Italian style chicken Valentino, classic chicken cordon bleu, our specialty St. Elias chicken, aged prime rib, premium filet mignon, or tender pork tenderloin medallions.

Premium Buffet Selection

If you prefer to order a buffet-style meal for a more social setting, we can provide you with an incredible spread that comes with all the buffet favourites. Our buffet station will come prepared with coffee and tea, your choice of 3 gourmet salads, a fine selection of dessert squares, a melange of steamed vegetables, oven roasted potatoes, rice, freshly baked rolls, and your choice of 3 hot entrée items from our 10-items premium buffet list. With a mix of the classics and artistic creations like the New York deli potato salad, tri-coloured pasta salad, beef bourguignon, chicken Madagascar, cheese tortellini, and sweet and sour meatballs, it will be easy to please the palates of all your guests.

When you’re looking to host a special event, why not pick a place that has established a reputation for captivating guests with an exquisite ambience and irresistible menu? We are constantly in pursuit of perfection and are determined to make your event a special one. Contact us at St. Elias Centre to learn more about what we have to offer.

A Look At Our Menus Pt.1

A Look at our Menus Pt.1

When you’re throwing a large event, beyond the bride and groom, keynote speaker, or person of interest, people are focused on the food. This is why the menu can either make or break your event. That’s why at St. Elias Centre, we focus on providing premium quality catering so that our food will be the best part of your event. And, since no party is the same, we offer an eclectic menu that is designed to wow every crowd.

Here we provide you with a sneak peek of what we have to offer for the party that doesn’t require a full course serving. In this edition, we showcase some of our most popular food stations that will keep your guests delighted throughout the entire event.

Food Stations

When you’re throwing a large event, your guests expect there to be delectable food stations placed strategically around the room so they can mingle and eat at the same time. And there’s no better way to break the ice with an old friend, colleague, or aunt than by using a great food-focused opener like “Isn’t this prime rib amazing?” At St. Elias, we are confident that our selections will impress all of your guests and give everyone something to talk about. Here are just a few of our most popular ones:


An all-time favourite and classic that every good party needs is the All-American food station. This spread will bring you back to warm summer days where BBQ and county fairs reign king. Stocked with mouth-watering burgers topped with the works, along with all beef foot-longs, Coney Island chilli fries, savoury hoagies, and sweet, warm apple pie with ice cream. And nothing says All-American like fair-style candy apples and cotton candy to indulge in.

Gourmet Carving Station

Carving stations are always an impressive and popular hit for any event. Having our catering staff carve meat for your guests right when they’re ready to eat not only looks great, but it also gives them the perfect selection of meat they desire. Our delectable meat carving stations come with the choice of Herb Crusted Prime Rib, Beef Tenderloin or Top Sirloin, Caribbean Jerked Pork Tenderloin with Mango Salsa, Hickory Smoked Ham, Whole Boneless Turkey, Striploin, or Montreal Smoked meat.

Whichever appetizing option you choose, it will also include a selection of tasty condiments and your choice of Peppercorn Sauce, Dijon Mustard, Cabernet, Horseradish Sauce, Herbed Mayonnaise, or Mushroom Sauce to layer on top.

Viennese Sweet Table

Have you ever noticed that every five-star event showcases a hand-crafted ice sculpture with the most exquisite desserts surrounding it? It sure creates a focal point in any room! Well, with our Viennese Sweet Table, you can have one of these impressive displays too. Our most popular dessert spread comes with a hand-chiselled ice sculpture featuring an assortment of French and Italian Pastries, Cannoli, Chocolate Mousse, Chocolate Truffle Cheese Cakes, luscious Chocolate Fondue with Fresh Fruit and After Dinner Cordials served in Sweet Chocolate Cups and Gourmet Flavoured Coffees. We guarantee it will impress!

When you’re looking for premium food stations for your next event, the St. Elias Centre has exactly what you need to make your event a memorable one. To have a look at our full menu and what other items we offer, check out our website or give us a call to learn more about our services.

Emceeing an Event?

Emceeing an Event?

So, you’ve been asked to Emcee an event? Perhaps it’s been quite some time since you took the stage or maybe even it’s your first time, so naturally, you might be feeling a tad anxious. But don’t be! If you follow these tips, you’re sure to do a great job and deliver an exceptional performance.

Prepare Well in Advance

Don’t go in unprepared and expect it to turn out well. You should have the whole event planned from when you first step on the stage to when it’s over. To get an idea of how often you will need to speak on stage, talk to the event planner first regarding the schedule. Once you have the program, you can then organize every speech, introduction, and wrap up down to the second.

Create an Impressive Kick-Off and Closing

You only get a few seconds to impress the audience and to set the tone for the entire event. So make sure you plan an elaborate and impressive kick off for the event opener. The closing should also wow the audience with a detailed closing that gives thanks to the audience and recaps the key points.

Practice and Rehearse

The more you can familiarize yourself with your script, the more likely you will deliver your presentation with ease. You should also talk to the event staff to see if you can get some time before the event to practice on the same stage. This will allow you to get a better idea of how your voice will fill the room, as well as try out different speaking volumes and pitches to perfect your delivery.

Dress to Impress

Know the dress code in advance and dress appropriately for the event. You should look sharp without standing out like a sore thumb.

Be Positive and Energetic

As mentioned before, you are setting the tone of the event, so if you come out dull and expressionless, everyone else will follow suit. From the minute you step out on stage, smile and continue to be enthusiastic throughout the program to keep everyone upbeat and engaged.

Be In Charge

The event planner will be in charge of the event, but once you step on stage, the power flips over to you. That means you need to control the schedule and what happens. So make sure you have the timing down to a tee, and stay on top of your time management to ensure that each segment starts and ends exactly on time.

Don’t Forget to Introduce the Speakers

When you introduce the speakers to the stage, don’t just give their name and hand over the mic. You should also give a short bio of who they are and what they do. That also includes yourself, especially if most people don’t know who you are.

Make Everyone Look Good

Emceeing an event also means your job is to make everyone look good on stage. If you’re going to crack a joke, make sure that it doesn’t embarrass anyone or make people look bad. You should know your audience and what is appropriate and what is not.

Talk Clearly and Loudly

It’s important that people can clearly hear and understand you. While shouting is never appreciated, make sure you talk just loud enough so that everyone can hear you from all areas of the room. Also, try not to rush through segments. Even if you’re nervous, remember to take a breath, slow down and speak clearly.

If you’re throwing an event, the Emcee is always an important component. Talk to our coordinator at the St. Elias Centre today to learn how we can help you plan out your event.

5 Tips to Make Sure Your Fundraising Gala Goes Smoothly

5 Tips to Make Sure Your Fundraising Gala Goes Smoothly

Orchestrating a fundraising gala is a big endeavour with many moving parts that you must plan out well in advance. Plus, they usually include some pretty important attendees, so it’s one event that really requires extensive planning in order to make it go off without a hitch. To help you streamline the process and make your fundraising gala go smoothly, here are some expert tips to remember.

Know Your Budget

Ensure that you know exactly what your budget is and be strict with it. Galas can quickly add up if you’re not constantly calculating the costs against your budget. So always be aware of that number before you begin planning.

Start With Nailing Down the Basics

With any fundraising gala, you first need to focus on mastering the planning and details of the fundamentals. That includes a smooth check-in and seating process. Start with these two essential elements. Map out the check-in and seating, and then practise with your volunteers, so they know exactly how to streamline it so you don’t have any guests waiting and frustrated right off the bat. You want that first impression to be a good one, and that means the arrival and seating must go smoothly.

Focus on the Food & Service

Next up is the food. It’s always one of the main events that guests look forward to, and often the main reason why many people attend, so the food has to be great. Go over the menu with your chef and catering team. Be sure to offer and a well-rounded menu with attractive options for vegetarians, and other potential dietary needs well ahead of time. Spend a good amount of time pinpointing when each dish will be served, and have your catering staff well informed about the timing. Don’t forget to practice! This may seem silly now, but this is always beneficial to ensure the service is exceptional and that the servers deliver the food and beverages according to your instructions and expectations.

Reflect Your Mission

Since this is a fundraising gala, it’s important to reflect the mission throughout your event. You can do this by inviting certain clients to speak or display some of the relevant work throughout the venue. This always a good way to give a refresher as to why your guests are donating.

Don’t Skimp on the Entertainment

Remember that your guests are coming for the food and to have a good time, so you don’t want to disappoint. This is an area that you should allot a good chunk of your budget to. Ask around for great recommendations and make sure that you choose something that is suitable for your audience and will get them up off their feet and having fun.

Having your fundraising gala go smoothly really comes down to planning well in advance, and nailing down your budget, your fundamentals, your food and, of course, the entertainment. So ask for volunteers, create a committee to help, and get planning nice and early! And for the perfect venue, check out the St. Elias Centre! We have everything you need to throw a smooth and successful gala. Contact us today to learn more about what we offer and how we can help.

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