Karla has been a part of the Occasions family since 2006, succeeding the original owner Jennie Hannah in 2012. Over the last 16 years, Karla has assisted with hundreds of events, and still continues to have a passion that helps produce excellent events for all our clients. Karla's background in Interior Design and Graphic Arts have made her a natural in the event industry, and a wonderful resource for our clients. Her favorite part of each event is seeing the joy on a clients face, whether it be a happy newlywed couple or another event planner, when it all comes together and knowing that she and Occasions got to help make their event amazing!
Her passion for rescue animals brought her three dogs (Alli, Tucker & Isabel) as well as her two ducks. Though she has a passion for traveling, she is also just as happy spending her days off in her backyard with kids, family, friends and all the animals.
Favorite Menu Item: Grilled Flank Steak with Chimmichurri Sauce & the Mashtini Bar
Howard studied Business Law at the University of Washington (Go Dawgs!), where he also played on the Men's Soccer Team. During his college years, he worked as a chef, and you will find him helping out in the Occasions Kitchen during the busy summer months. He enjoys creating not only our standard menus, but helping clients create custom menus (a testimate to his time as a custom home builder) to fulfill their overall event vision. Howard oversees the administrative aspects of the company, but also enjoys attending events as an on-site grill chef every now and then.
Howard is an avid sports fan, frequently donning orange and blue for his beloved Denver Broncos, or purple and gold for his UW Huskies. He is also a Seattle Sounders fan, and enjoys NHL Hockey.
Favorite Menu Items: Smoked Salmon Spread on Crostini & Chicken Dijion
Star has recently joined the team as part of the Occasions family! In her childhood Star’s father owned a catering business and she has fond memories of helping out around the kitchen. This is what has piqued her interest in joining Occasions. Star has a passion for food and is happy to help you create an event you’ll remember for years to come.
In her free time Star enjoys spending time with her family, cooking & reading. Star has moved to Washington to create a sustainable living household with her family. She enjoys spending time in her backyard with her family and dogs (Rubi & Owen). When the weather isn’t permitting you can find her curled up with a blanket, a cup of tea & a good book.
Favorite Menu Item: Chicken Dijon with Pearl Onions, Artichoke Heart, & Mushrooms & the Mashed Potatoes