A Small Gift, A Big Night

Sanrio opened their 50th Anniversary, “Small Gift” on Thursday night with a special VIP Party. Guests lined up and piled into Barker Hangar in Santa Monica for the first glimpse at this carnival themed celebration.

Luckily for us here at Bubble Punch, we were able to get a special sneak peak during morning set up! We even had the pleasure of taking one of the awesome Hello Kitty Smart Cars out for a work adventure. We were more than overly excited for the party.

The VIP party got started early. Some guests confessed to us they’d been waiting since late afternoon…! A long line of Sanrio enthusiasts wrapped around part of Barker Hangar where a collection of food trucks greeted them.

Inside of the hanger, there was free food and drinks galore! We were very excited that Pink’s Hotdogs had a booth and were giving away free chili dogs! Beard Papa and Yogurtland were also on site doling out more cream puffs and froyo than you can shake a stick at!

There are various carnival-like attractions in the hanger, like carnival games, a ferris wheel, mini golf, and adorable giant character heads floating above.

Behind the scenes shot of setup for the big event!

Onch (of Paris' New BFF fame) and TJ hopping on the ferris wheel!

The retro arcade was totally awesome!

Being a VIP party, of course there was a red carpet laid out, and plenty of celebrities and artists in attendance.

Martin Hsu (right) was one of many talented artists that created Sanrio-inspired artwork for Small Gift!

Jamie Rivadeniera of JapanLA (left) curated the Sanrio show this year! Pictured with us (Chubby Bunny, center, and Yume Ninja, right)

Lisa Loeb, still sporting her signature awesome glasses after all this time!

Tarina Tarantino was also on site, wearing her Angelic Pretty dress to the event!

Playboy Bunny Bridget Marquadt of "The Girls Next Door" fame, gets to some mini golf while wearing a ChubbyBunny x Hello Kitty bow.

Of course, there was a huge line that snaked along for ages to get into the pop up store to purchase the limited edition Sanrio goods made especially for this party!

Some of the amazing limited edition 50th Anniversary merch!

Sephora also had a super cute display booth, previewing the Hello Kitty x Sephora collaboration makeup that will be on sale January 2011! Even the hand mirrors, combs, and containers were SO adorable!

Chubby Bunny holdinf a lovely Hello KItty mirror, with Hello Kitty-shaped nail polishes in the background!

We were very pleased to see so many of our friends, clients, and Sanrio fans at this amazing event, too. Here are some snaps of our gorgeous and talented friends!

And of course, what night is complete without a super fancy gift bag? Here’s a quick snap of ours!

As always you can see way more pictures from the night on our Flickr set here!

You all need to hurry up and check out the Sanrio Small Gift event for yourselves! We’re rushing out the door to start setup for the amazing I <3 Nerds Party tonight, so we hope we see you there! Tickets will be sold at the door, also!

 

Nerdy Inspiration!

If you haven’t gotten tickets yet, snap them up before they’re gone for the I <3 Nerds Part this Saturday, November 13 at Barkar Hangar in Santa Monica! All the details are here in this post in case you forgot anything :)

So what are you nerd-loving fools wearing to this party? Don’t forget there will be PRIZES for the NERDIEST among you!!!

Here’s some inspiration for you all to keep it a cool-people-free zone this Saturday! Remember, there is way way more than just one kind of nerd!

Sanrio character nerd!

  • Sanrio character costume (You can be Hello Kitty with one of the official Hello Kitty x Chubby Bunny Bow headbands available for purchase here!)
  • Glasses
  • Pocket Protector or bow tie for good measure!

 

Steve Urkel from Family Matters

  • Glasses with neck strap
  • Super high-waist pants with 4inches above the ankles, and suspenders
  • Striped polo shirt
  • Super annoying laugh (HEH-HEH *SNORT*)

 

Mary Katherine Gallagher

  • Glasses and slicked back hair with a headband
  • White blouse, vest, plaid skirt, knee highs
  • Arms above your head screaming “SUPERSTAR” every 5 seconds

Harry Potter Nerd

  • Glasses
  • Cape of Invisibility
  • Striped scar/ Striped necktie
  • White blouse
  • Magic Wand
  • Annoyingly long list of incantations from the books to say all night long.

Comic/Sci-Fi Nerds

  • Cyclops aka Scott Summers: Raybands with yellow tape around edges, blue shirt, yellow belts around shirt, “X” taped onto a circle and pinned to shirt
  • Jordy La Forge: Banana clip over eyes, yellow shirt, Star Trek insignia, the power of awesomeness.

Anybody from Lord of the Rings, including glasses-version Frodo

  • Glasses
  • Cape
  • ONE RING TO RULE THEM ALL
  • One or all of the following: Sword, axe, point ears, pointy shoes, vest, flowy blouse, armor

Spaceballs version of Darth Vader

  • Giant Helmet (can be spraypainted upside down bowl or plastic trashcan)
  • Glasses
  • Black Cape

Sanrio, Loungefly, & Bubble Punch present: “I <3 Nerds" Party!

We are so proud to present our latest project with Sanrio: the “I <3 Nerds” Party! (Ok, technically I “Hello Kitty” Nerds…)

Sanrio is commemorating their 50th Anniversary Celebration in Los Angeles with a celebration of all things nerdy-tastic! Partnering with Loungefly, Sanrio was able to bring the Hello Kitty Nerd series to the world in the past year, and are celebrating nerds of all kinds at this one of a kind event! Check out just a few of these adorable nerd-inspired designs by Loungefly!

LOUNGEFLY HELLO KITTY I LOVE NERDS SCARF

The party will be happening at Barkar Hangar in Santa Monica, where Sanrio is setting up shop to celebrate for an entire week of fun with all their characters! Last year you might remember the awesome times we had at Hello Kitty’s 35th Anniversary, but this year, all of her friends are showing up for the action! Keroppi, Badtz Maru, Cinnamonroll, and many more will be at the event to say hi!

This superfun nerd-themed night includes:

  • Live music performance by 8 Bit Weapon and ComputeHer, nerd techno rock for the 8 bit loving and gamer lovers. Some info from their site: 8 Bit Weapon has performed their chip music across two continents with their arsenal of 8 bit weapons: Commodore 64 and 128, Apple II, couple Nintendo Gameboy classics, Nintendo N.E.S., Amiga 1200, Intellivision synthesizer, Atari 2600, Speak n Spell & Speak n Music, some hybrid lo-fi acoustic-electric drums, and an assortment of other vintage and toy synthesizers.
  • Performance by the Yuki Shundo Dance Crew, the hottest group of dancers to bring their nerd love to the big stage!
  • Contest for NERDIEST COSTUME with supercute prizes by Loungefly!
  • Your nerds party ticket also scores you a free limited edition Hello Kitty nerds-themed crown and glasses!
  • Appearance by Hello Kitty in her nerd attire for photo snaps!
  • Hungry nerds can chow down at the snack booths and food trucks!
  • Pose in our costume photo booth and take home a complimentary picture print!

At the party you will be able to enjoy the Sanrio art show curated by JapanLA, a fabulous Sanrio product retrospective, exclusive Sanrio items in their pop-up shop, super cute miniature golf, game booths, activities, retro arcade and a Ferris wheel will be open for your enjoyment as well!

Wanna go to this awesome nerdfest? Here are all the details on how to attend! Make sure to grab your tickets as there are a limited amount available!!

HOW: CLICK HERE to purchase tickets on BrownPaperTickets! $15 for tickets
WHERE: Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90405
WHEN: Saturday, November 13 8:30PM – 11:30PM

Make sure to check back here for costume inspiration, and updates on the big night!

Save the dates!

We are close to announcing some AMAZING parties we are hosting in conjunction with Sanrio and their big 50th Anniversary Celebration here in Los Angeles!

For those of you who don’t remember, or would simply like to reminisce, we worked with Sanrio last year for their Hello Kitty’s 35th Anniversary events, and produced the  “Hello Kitty’s Bats & Cats Masquerade” event, which was a staggering success! You can moon over that time of yore at our old event post here:

Hello Kitty’s Bats & Cats Masquerade Event Report

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For this year, all we can tell you is to please keep as much of the listed times for the 50th Anniversary Celebration free as possible! It’s going to be much bigger, and much, much better! Plus, this time ALL of Hello Kitty’s friends will be making their way to the big party!

 

Black in White & RED ALL OVER! Release party and signing!

This coming Saturday, we are pleased to be participating in a release party to celebrate renowned artist Luke Chueh‘s latest creation: Black in White (and Red All Over)!

Featured Event Photo

Luke Chueh will be on hand to sign the super limited edition vinyl figure, which features a black rabbit in a white bunny suit, with a smattering of red blood all over from his latest kill! Eerie yet cute, fans will want to line up early to get these! This RED ALL OVER series is a variant of Luke’s original BLACK IN WHITE figure which will ONLY be sold via Munky King!

Not only can fans get their goods signed, they can also pose and snap pics of the mysterious RED ALL OVER Bunny girl who will be making her FIRST ever appearance to celebrate the release!

Right after the signing, there will be a party you won’t want to miss! Bubble Punch is helping to produce a truly RED ALL OVER event, with epic blood splatter decor and music by DJs R Rated and Colby, along with complimentary beverages, snacks, and the YATTA Sushi truck!! We love those guys! Of course Luke Chueh and the mysterious RED ALL OVER girl will be in attendance, with a photobooth to capture the best of the night, so makes sure you come on over for the shindig!

Here are the deets!

Munky King (for both signing and party)
7308 Melrose Ave. (x-street is Poinsettia)
Los Angeles, CA 90046
323.938.0091

Signing: 4pm – 7pm
Party: 7pm – 10pm

So come on down and get the most exclusive vinyl figure of the year, and then party the night away! See you there!

Saturday Rilakkuma Weekend Event Update!

We’ve been running around nonstop catching up on other work now that the epic Rilakkuma Weekend is over, but now we finally have time to do an event report from the epic 2-day popup store!

On Saturday, August 14, we opened the doors at 7326 Melrose Ave. for the 2-day San-X popup store! We had a line of people waiting to get in and get first dibs on the cute Rilakkuma and Mamegoma merchandise!

Our hardworking staff created a beautiful display of Rilakkuma goods for fans to oogle and purchase for the two-day pop up shop. During the day, we had the Crepe’n Around truck sercing up delicious crepes to those who knew the secret password of the day! The password was “RELAX,” and boy we had a good time making Zoolander-related jokes about that all day!

The evening party drew a HUGE crowd that wrapped around the block! The first 100 guests received a super cute giftbag full of Rilakkuma and Mamegoma goods! That night, we had Jenny Rae of Lil’ Rae cakes serving her delish cake balls to guests, as well as Takoyaki Tanota bringing us super fresh and super delicious takoyaki from their old school truck!

Lil’ Rae cake balls are SUPER delish!

Takoyaki Tanota!! "Takoyaki" Are savory pancake balls filled with octopus, radish, and yummy sauces on top!

Rilakkuma himself even made an appearance at the party! Photographer Eron Rauch took photos of guests with the famous bear all night!

Jenny Rae of Lil' Rae Cakes and Stephie had a rollickin time at the party!

The hardworking staff who took many sleepless nights to bring your Rilakkuma Weekend!

San-X buddies from Japan partied hard Saturday night!

We had a fantastic time on Saturday with all of the loyal Rilakkuma fans new and old! Photos from Sunday’s events are coming soon! Make sure you check out the links below for more photos, article, interiews, and even soundbites from the night!

PHOTOS:

Saturday photos (Photos by Dianne Garcia of DEFECTIVE GEEKS, and Valerie Durham)
Saturday evening photobooth photo(Photos by Eron Rauch)
VIP Party photos by Bubblesung
More Photos by Bubblesung!
VIP Party photos by LookBookLA


EVENT REPORTS:

Rilakkuma Weekend Article by Liz Ohanesian
KPCC (LA’s NPR news station) article and audio by Alex Cohen
Rilakkuma VIP Party event report by DEFECTIVE GEEKS

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The Haus of Super Shimmer: Walk Off, It’s On!

Get ready, it’s coming at you!

Haus of Super Shimmer, a spectacular magical weekend of fun (click for full size)

Facebook Event RSVP Here

We know you guys were disappointed that we had to postpone our Zoolander Walk Off party earlier this month. However, instead of just one night, we’re bringing you guys an entire weekend of fun!

Bubble Punch is proud to announce that we’ll be kicking off the weekend of Haus of Super Shimmer festivities at Space 15Twenty with our friends: JapanLA, Sugarpill Cosmetics, Jessica Louise, Audrey Kitching, and Chubby Bunny. That’s right, the Walk Off party is on like Donkey Kong! Mark the date on your calendars and dust off your Zoolander inspired outfits.

Come out and join us on June 4, 2010 for our Zoolander-inspired Walk Off party as we jump start a spectacular weekend of fabulous events. The entire weekend will be filled with fun events like exclusive 3-day pop-up shops, artist meet & greets, Hello Kitty photo ops, makeovers by Sugarpill Cosmetics, contests, and raffle prizes.

You can RSVP on the facebook page, but RSVP is not necessary.

Hope to see you guys there for a magical weekend of fun! And remember, we always encourage all our attendees to dress up in their most outrageous fashionable threads and have fun!