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 ❤ Nerds Party tonight, so we hope we see you there! Tickets will be sold at the door, also!