Capital Region Events · Party Decorations

Party Pig Paper Lanterns Tutorial (with free templates)!

Hi everyone!

Long time no talk! Today, I have an adorable and easy DIY Party Pig Paper Lantern to share today that will enhance all sorts of different events, such as:

  • Summer Cookouts
  • Petting Zoos
  • Pig Roasts
  • Peppa Pig™ Parties
  • Farm Themed or Barnyard Themed Parties
Pig Paper Lantern from Bash Birthday Parties
Party Pig Paper Lantern Tutorials!

I created these party decorations for Troy’s Annual Pig Out, hosted by the Troy BID,  which was held on July 15, 2017. It’s a full day food festival that features a BBQ competition, live music, lots of awesome craft vendors, hot dog eating contests, cornhole tournaments and fireworks! To participate in the festivities, we at Bash Birthday Parties hosted a Decorate your Own Piggy Bank booth for the kids, pictures can be found on our Facebook page.  The kids did such an amazing job decorating their little pigs!

Now, on to the tutorial! For my pig paper lanterns, I used my Cricut Explore® machine to cut out the glasses, noses and ears then I glued them to my paper lanterns. I’ve listed my Cricut Design Space™ file below for you to use for free. However, a Cricut® machine isn’t necessary for this project. I’ve provided a free template below that you can print on your home printer then cut out the pieces to glue to your lantern. Let’s get to it.

For the Cricut Explore® Method:

For the Cricut Explore® Method, you’ll need:

  • Pink Paper Lanterns (mine were about 7″ diameter)
  • Pink, Black and Gray Light Cardstock Paper
  • Score tool for Cricut®
    (optional, just turn off score lines)
  • Black Pen for Cricut®
  • Craft glue (Tacky or hot glue holds better than regular school glue)

I’ve created a Project File in Cricut Design Space™ that you can find here, Party Pig Paper Lantern Pieces.

Open the Cricut Design Space™ file and cut out your pieces. From there you assemble your pig.

  1. Start with assembling your paper lantern.
  2. From there, I recommend gluing the aviator glasses pieces together first, then glue the glasses to the paper lantern.
  3. Then you can add your pig nose and ears.  The glue should only be applied to the folded flap of the pig ear cut out.

Glue Application on Pig Ear for Party Pig Paper Lantern Tutorial

For the Print Out Method:

For the Print Out Method, you’ll need:

  • Pink Paper Lanterns (mine were about 7″ diameter)
  • Pink and White Paper – Light Cardstock is preferred for best results
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue (Tacky or hot glue holds better than regular school glue)

Here’s the print out for your pig pieces, Party Pig Paper Lantern Print Outs.

There’s 2 pages in the document, page 1 should be printed on white paper and page 2 should be printed on pink paper (it’s also noted on the document). From there you can cut out your pieces and assemble.

  1. Start with assembling your paper lantern.
  2. From there, I recommend gluing the glasses to the paper lantern first.
  3. Then you can add your pig nose and ears. Fold the ears along the dotted lines then the glue should only be applied to the folded flap of the pig ear cut out to be attached to the lantern.

Glue application for Print Out Pig Ear for Party Pig Paper Lantern Tutorial

That’s it! Very easy to put together, I assembled 4 lanterns in about 15 minutes (not including the time to put together the Cricut Design Space™ file, but that’s been done for you!)



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Pigs on the Hudson River! Don’t they look cute relaxing by the water?

I hope you’re all having a fantastic and fun summer! I’ll be back with more decoration tutorials soon so stay tuned. In the meantime, feel free to visit our Facebook page or leave me a comment or question about the tutorial here on the post.


Capital Region Events · kids activities

Bingo! It’s St. Patrick’s Day!

Full disclosure, I love St. Patrick’s Day. My grandfather was from Ireland and as a kid my brother, cousins and I would march with him and the  Albany Ancient Order of Hibernians in the Albany St. Patrick’s Day Parade every year, shillelagh in hand. Walking in a big parade is one of the coolest experiences for a multitude of reasons. If you’ve walked in a parade you know what I mean. If you haven’t, find your nearest parade and look for an opening to hop in – it’s all about blending in.

Shamrock Cupcakes
St. Patty’s Day Cupcakes!
Please allow me to explain some of the reasons why walking in the Albany St. Patrick’s Day Parade is awesome:

  1. Everyone you wave to smiles and waves back.
  2. You get to walk down the center of Albany like you own it!
  3. It’s a reason to wear face paint (this one is more for the kids, but I know there’s adults out there that love an excuse to wear face paint too).
  4. Your family runs up to you as you walk by and takes your picture like you’re some sort of celebrity strutting the red carpet.
  5. You can high five strangers on the parade route – sometimes it’s welcome, sometimes it’s not – but no one gets mad about it.
  6. The color green is flattering on everyone.
  7. You get to hear the sweet sound of those plastic green horns.

Not all of us can get the chance to march in the parade (unless you try the maneuver I mentioned earlier – remember, just blend in). Let’s face it, someone has to watch the parade go by and throw their hands up for high fives from to the parade participants.

Those of you parade viewers out there may be bringing their kids down to the St. Patrick’s Day parade this Saturday, which is great! However, once you’ve gotten your spot, there is some downtime before the parade steps off and that’s when the chorus of “When is it going to start?” begins.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade Bingo

To help distract the little ones before the parade begins at 2:00, we’ve come up with St. Patrick’s Day Parade Bingo! It’s picture bingo and all of the bingo cards have the same images, just in different spots. Print these out for your little shamrocks and let them X out the items as they see them to keep them entertained before and during the big parade! St. Patricks Day Parade Bingo Cards_Bash Birthday Parties

St. Patrick's Day Parade Bingo Cards Graphic

More info about the parade can be found here, and be sure to bundle up because it looks like a cold one this year.

Let us know if you try these bingo cards out this St. Patrick’s Day season by commenting below, or posting on our Facebook wall. Erin Go Bragh!



Capital Region Events

Your Ultimate Guide to the 2017 Hannaford Kidz Expo

March is just about here and for the Capital Region that means the MAAC Tournament at the Times Union Center, St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Downtown Albany, Collar City KiltFest in Troy and of course, the Kidz Expo! In it’s 12th year, the 2017 Hannaford Kidz Expo has all the makings of being the best Expo yet! With over 150 vendors, families can participate in tons of activities like:

  • meet Peppa Pig and her brother, George
  • listen to a story from Curious George
  • play mini golf
  • hop on bounce houses
  • decorate their own party hat (at the Bash Birthday Parties booth!)
  • see reptiles
  • get their face painted
  • make comets and spot stars
  • dance and play movement games
  • discover summer camps and programs
  • ride a train
  • enjoy The Little Mermaid
  • learn about college savings
  • take a selfie
  • believe it or not, the list goes on!

Anyone that’s attended this huge, family fun event before knows that it has lots to offer parents and kids of all ages for a very affordable price – free admission – but it can be a bit daunting because it is so big. To help, we’ve come up with a guide for your trip to the 12th annual Hannaford Kidz Expo at the Plaza to make the most of your trip!

Note: This guide is meant to be a helpful source of information and we’re not being paid to put this together. Of course, we’ll do our best to keep this updated so if you see something incorrect please shoot us an email so we can update –

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Hannaford Kidz Expo at the Plaza!

Parking at the Empire State Plaza for the Kidz Expo

Let’s start with parking. The Visitors Parking Lot (V Lot) is located within the Empire State Plaza and we definitely think the location is worth the $5 parking fee (weekend rate). You can reach the lot from Exit 3A off of 787, you’ll enter the tunnel that goes under the Concourse and it will be the last parking lot on your right before you exit the tunnel and the road turns around the other way (a confusing description but you’ll understand it when you see it). More info about parking in the area can be found on the NYS Office of General Services website. Those of you thinking of bringing strollers, there are elevators that take you up to the Expo from the Visitors Lot.

Map of the Empire State Plaza

Alright, you’ve made it in to the Kidz Expo! The Expo is divided up into 4 major areas, the Egg’s Hart Theatre,the Base of the Egg (Toddler Zone), the Convention Center (including Meeting Rooms 5,6,7) and the Concourse . We’re going to breakdown the attractions and vendors in each area. Before we do that, you need to know where we’re talking about. We took this map from the NYS SBA and add some descriptions to let you know the areas we’re referring to:

Our Map of the Hannaford Kidz Expo at the Plaza

If you’ve taken the elevator up from the Visitors Lot you’ll find yourself at the star on the map – right in the thick of it! Now where to start? We’ve taken each area of the Hannaford Kidz Expo and broken down everything it has to offer by category: Kids Activities, Events/Rentals/Entertainment, Food, Education & Health, Shopping, Sports & Dance, Summer Camps & Kids Programs. Let’s get going!

Area 1: The Egg’s Hart Theater

The Egg Theater will be hosting Storybook Fun with Curious George. Storytimes are at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm with Meet and Greet at 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm.

Area 2: Base of the Egg – Toddler Zone

The base of the Egg has been dubbed the toddler zone so be sure to bring the little ones.

Kids Activities at the Toddler Zone:

Balloon Twisting with Balloon Gal Jenny

Face Painting by Faces by Bon Bon

Face Painting by Faces by Nicole

Characters from Hi-4! Entertainment

Sports & Dance at the Toddler Zone:

The King Dancer’s

Shopping at the Toddler Zone:


Saratoga Growth Charts

Health & Education at the Toddler Zone:

Albany Public Library

Fidelis Care

Once Upon a Time Center

Home, Auto & Finance at the Toddler Zone:

Hannaford Supermarkets

Hot 99.1 FM

MuddyKids Kitchens

NYS Dept. of State/Division of Consumer Protection

Orange Motors

Food at the Toddler Zone:

Guido’s Frozen Desserts

Area 3: The Convention Center

The Convention Center will be a popular area for the older kids as it offers bounce houses and mini golf. We (Bash Birthday Parties) will be in the Convention Center, if you’re looking at the mini golf area we’re to the right on the lowest level. Stop by to say hi and make your own party hat!

Kids Activities at the Convention Center:

Bounce Houses from Bounce N’ Play

Mini Golf from Northeastern New York PGA Junior Golf Association

Reptiles from Reptile Adventures (Meeting Room 5 – check the map above for location)

Meet Peppa Pig & her brother, George – 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm (Meeting Room 7 – check the map above for location)

School of the Albany Berkshire Ballet Performance – 10:30 am, 1:30 pm (Meeting Room 6 – check the map above for location)

The Little Mermaid presented by Debuts Theater Company – 11:30 am (Meeting Room 6 – check the map above for location)

Dance Flurry Music & Movement Games – 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm (Meeting Room 6 – check the map above for location)

Make your own Party Hat with Bash Birthday Parties

Events/Rentals/Entertainment at the Convention Center:

Action Novelties

Capital District Parent Pages/The Spotlight

Enchanted Forest Water Safari

Funplex Funpark

Herkimer Diamond Mines Resort

Hi-4! Entertainment

Howe Caverns

Magic Princess Entertainment

Selfie Time by Bliss Events

Smoothee the Clown

The Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom

Summer Camps & Kids Programs at the Convention Center:

Albany JCC Summer Camps

Capital District YMCA

Club Scientific & KidzArt

JMU 4 Kids, Inc.

Kids Express

Kreative Kidz Zone Program Inc.

SCAMP at the Doane Stuart School

Schenectady Jewish Community Center

Summer Academy for Youth

The Fresh Air Fund

Theatre Institute at Sage

Sports & Dance at the Convention Center:

Afrim Sports

Amazing Athletes

Tri-City BMX

Shopping at the Convention Center:

Best Accents

Children’s Place at the Plaza

Darj Wholesale


Old Tyme Toys

Remtek Ltd


Health & Education at the Convention Center:

Albany Charter Schools

Albany County Department of Health

Albany Leadership Center HS for Girls

Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth

Blueshield of Northeastern NY

Capital District Child Care Council

Capital Region Homeschoolers

City School District of Albany

Dr. Cheryl L Sobero DDS

Dr. Tuckers Dental Office

Mildred Elley/Austin’s School

MVP Health Care

New York State of Health


Pediatric Dental Group of NY

Sacred Heart School

Safe Kids Capital Region

Skribblers Magazine

St. Peter’s Health Partners

The Doane Stuart School

Upstate New York Falun Dafa Asso.

Home, Auto & Finance at the Convention Center:

Foresters Financial

Green Mountain Power

New York Power Authority

NYS Dept. of State/Division of Consumer Protection

NYS Office of Information Technology Services

Renewal by Andersen


Area 4: The Concourse

The long hallway of the Concourse offers up a little bit of everything.

Kids Activities at the Concourse:

The Roaming Railroad presented by NYSUT

A Hula Hoop Performance by Hoops by Jem

Planetarium Shows and Make a Comet with Planetarium Adventures

Spa treatments by Sparkle Spa Parties

Goodies from Tantrums Spa Boutique

Star Wars Characters from The 501st Legion & Garrison Excelsior

Baseball fun from the Tri-City ValleyCats

Events/Rentals/Entertainment at the Concourse:

Party Uniquely

We Do Fondue – Chocolate Fountain Rentals

Dave & Buster’s Albany

Mountain Ridge Adventure

Summer Camps & Kids Programs at the Concourse:

Young Actors Guild

NYSDEC Five Rivers Environmental Education Center

Girl Scouts of NENY

Sports & Dance at the Concourse:

Gateway Sports and Pools

Dance Dimensions

Shopping at the Concourse:

9 Steps Away to Africa

Paula’s Scentsations

Gail’s Doll Clothes

Practical Style Jewelry


Health & Education at the Concourse:

DCJS-Missing Persons Clearinghouse

J W Org

Department of Environmental Conservation

Food at the Concourse:

Cravings Too Inc./Kernel Cravings

Dom’s Fried Dough and Pizza


And that’s our guide. We hope it helps you make the most of your trip to this year’s Expo and don’t forget to say hi to us in the Convention Center! We’ll be posting all sorts of pictures the day of, so follow us on Facebook and Instagram (@BashBirthdayParties). See you there!