Behind the Scenes

A few images with the team and from events we coordinated



Karla Rava

Special Events Director

Queen Anne

Seattle, WA 98119


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Karla's experience in event planning dates back over ten years, where she began as an intern, then later became a Liaison Officer, for an International Embassy in Southern California. She collaborated with the dedicated staff and selected government officials to produce high-end events for prominent community figures, diplomats, foreign leaders, cultural attaches and royalty. She was an essential asset to the Consul General and stellar in her ability to assist with cultural fairs, fundraisers and diplomatic galas.

She holds a Master Degree in Sociology from California State University, Los Angeles and is published writer both academically and mainstream. After completing grad school in 2007, she moved to the Emerald City and in 2008, began a new business venture - Aster Events.

To better acquaint herself to the Seattle market, she has worked for Where Magazine, Gourmondo and Westside Baby Non-profit in an events capacity. Karla has serviced a variety of clients in the greater Seattle area, from designers, to non-profits, to store owners and does not solicit, but is 100% referral based.



Concierge Guild of SeattleConcierge Guild of Seattle
September 2013

We are very lucky to have Karla Rava as Ambassador member to The Concierge Guild Of Seattle. Most recently she served as our Fall Arts Tradeshow Event Director. With her event planning experience, expertise and talent, she guided us in the planning stages from start to finish, assisted with all marketing and on the day of the event commanded the room with confidence taking charge of vendors, setup and communication amongst the entire team. And when it came to showtime, out she appeared with her Grace Kelly looks and charming demeanor, dancing the room, Karla made everyone in attendance feel as if invited to her own home. She is a consummate professional and without a doubt one of the best in the biz !

-Kelly Tallariti, President.

Madina VadacheMadina Vadache
August 2011

Karla and her interns helped me promote my Bellevue store grand opening with a fashion show themed Film Noir. Karla met with me many times throughout our 6 months of planning. She always came prepared with new ideas, information, and she was very involved in the whole process; Karla truly understands how the fashion industry works. In addition to the logistics of planning, she secured our celebrity guests: Miss Washington 2011 — Angelina Kayyalaynen — and Jenni Hogan, a host and anchor for KIRO News. Karla brought Children’s Hospital-Bellevue in as a non-profit, so when we auctioned off Jenni’s dress, the proceeds went to the hospital. On the day of the event, she was present, supportive, and fixed any unexpected problems. I would recommend Karla to anyone in the future.

-Madina Vadache

November 2011

King 5 News interview Neodandi for NY Fashion Week

Aster Events was an unbelievable asset to our latest event, ::TSAR:: A Neodandi Fashion Performance. Karla Rava, owner and lead director of services was extremely professional and kind in all needs and requirements. She came to the table with great ideas, a positive attitude and creative solutions that made working with her fun and easy. Aside from the record she keeps of all the work done by herself and her team, Karla landed several in-kind donations for our event and was able to secure a non-profit to donate to on short notice. The proficiency of Aster Events is wonderful and the execution of duties the day of the event were fantastic. Karla Rava and her team at Aster Events will make any event planning easier by happily and efficiently soliciting businesses and spreading the word through a well developed personal rolodex.

-Mani De Osu, Public Relations

Be Free Business Expo
Oct 12, 2011

Karla and her interns were a delight to work with. Karla did a great job securing sponsors and giveaways for our event. I especially appreciated the timeline she created, making sure we were always on target. It was wonderful having her interns to tackle some tedious work while she and I focused on the larger tasks. Karla was supportive of my vision for the event and was actually the emcee of our stage! She introduced the speakers, announced the giveaways and coordinated the flow of the whole program. A big thank you to Karla and Aster Event Planning for a job well done.

-Kim Gonzalez, President 

Corporate Jewelry Bazaar
Dec 7, 2010

I am a new business owner, and Karla has proven to be an incredible asset to the growth of my business. Karla planned a sales and promotional event for me that was a huge success. She has a wonderful way of working with her clients that is a unique combination of business savvy, diplomacy, professionalism, and a fun sense of humor. She was committed to the success of my event from the very beginning, and her dedication and enthusiasm never wavered. We were targeting a unique market segment, and her ideas, and follow through in planning and executing my event were spot on. She “got” the market that I was targeting, and produced an event that increased my sales by more than 68%. The icing on the cake is that Karla has a passion for helping businesses succeed through strategic promotion. She was able to create buzz around my event, which resulted in high attendance, providing me with the opportunity to connect with new and prospective clients. Karla is a delight to work with. She is a talented event planner, and I feel very fortunate to have worked with her. I highly recommend Karla Rava! Any event that she plans, is a fortunate event indeed.

-Dianne Sarda, Independent Stylist, Stella & Dot

Grand Opening
Oct 9, 2010

Karla did a fabulous job helping plan and manage our Grand Opening celebration at Twirl Cafe. She was a pleasure to work with, professional, and task oriented. She kept all the events running smoothly, and on time. She was filled with creative, resourceful ideas that helped make our big day a success!

-Becky Pelletier, Owner of Twirl Cafe

Tea Party Baby Shower
May 1, 2010

Karla is truly an event planning extraordinaire. I’ve attended several of her exclusively planned events, one a baby shower in my honor and I was so moved by her thoughtfulness and devotion to her craft. She has a knack and a love for parties that shines through in her impeccable work. No detail is ever overlooked and she can be both remarkably original as well as embrace tradition with her designs. I can’t say enough how engagingly enthusiastic she is, quite literally “the life of the party!” On a practical note I should also mention that Karla skillfully knows how to strike a bargain with suppliers and venue owners to accommodate a fabulous event on a tight budget. I would hire Karla in a heart beat to plan any personal or business event of mine. I’d know I could trust her fully to work her magic time and time again. She has mastered the the art of combining work and play!

-Andrea Srinivas, friend and owner of Andrea Srinivas Design

Antique Charity Auction
November 25, 2008

Finding funds to keep the Log House Museum on Alki Beach has always been daunting. However, by turning to the expertise of event planner, Karla Rava, we were able to present a first rate gala event, and raise more money than at previous events we’d planned on our own. Karla planned and executed an evening gala that included working with a committee of board members, coordinating with the venue personnel, securing business sponsors, and advising on the program of the evening’s events. She brought us into contact with a number of important resources, including an antiques appraiser, a jazz band, and experts in the fields of audio-visual presentations, story tellers and history experts. Not only did her expertise as an event planner bring organization, clear expectations and bright ideas to our gala, but her innate sense of style and knowledge of diplomatic functions gave the event a bit of sparkle and star power. Karla worked very hard; she was completely reliable, and on time in all aspects of the planning. As a result, attendees had a marvelous evening of fun and good food, a large amount of funds was raised, and we found a treasured asset in the talents of Karla Rava. Anyone working with Karla will find they’ve made the right decision and should expect their event to be more wonderful than anticipated.”

-Marcy Johnsen, Tia Halberg and Joey Richesson, The Log House Museum



Karla & team

We are a full service event planning company. We believe that all successful events begin with skillful planning and panache for innovation. Our mission is to meet our client's expectation and create a memorable guest experience. All of our events are custom tailored; below is a list of events we are proud to have been a part of.

  • 2-day Business Expo
  • Tradeshow
  • Raise the Paddle
  • Fashion Show
  • Café Grand Opening
  • Magazine Industry Party
  • Museum Charity Gala
  • Masquerade Ball
  • Corporate Holiday Party
  • Themed Party
  • Cultural Festival
  • Networking Event
  • University Career Day
  • Private Club Open House
  • Jewelry Bazaar
  • ×


    List in Alphabetical Order:

  • 3 Howls Distillery
  • 5th Avenue Theatre
  • ACT Theatre
  • Argosy Cruises
  • AT&T
  • Bainbridge Chamber of Commerce
  • Batch 206 Distillery
  • Can Can
  • Chihuly Garden and Glass
  • Comet Tours
  • Concierge Guild of Seattle
  • Copperworks Distillery
  • Downtown Seattle Association
  • Fonte Expresso
  • Gene Juarez
  • H&R Block
  • Henry Art Gallery
  • iFly
  • Il Fornaio
  • Letterpress Distilling
  • Log House Museum
  • Madina Vadache
  • Mohai
  • Neodandi
  • NorthWest Parkinson's Foundation
  • OS Winery
  • Park Place LTD
  • Pike Brewing Company
  • Pike Place Market Foundation
  • Pilchuck Glass School
  • Precept Winery
  • Pronto Cycle
  • Report Footwear
  • Safeco Field
  • Seattle Art Museum
  • Seattle Children's Hospital
  • Seattle Musical Theatre
  • Seattle Repertory Theatre
  • Shawn O'Donnell
  • Space Needle
  • STG Presents
  • Street Treats
  • Sullivan Steakhouse
  • Teatro Zinzanni
  • The Confectional
  • The Forgotten Children's Fund
  • The Naked Winery
  • The Paramount
  • The Studios
  • Tom Douglas Restaurants
  • Trophy Cupcakes
  • Tuxedo and Tennis Shoes
  • Twirl Cafe
  • Unexpected Productions
  • Victoria Clipper
  • W Hotel
  • Wild Ginger
  • YMCA
  • ×