Welcome to our Blog

First and foremost… Welcome! We’d like to welcome you to the first post on our new website. Our aim is to entertain and inspire you with updates, top tips, and items of interest.  We may throw in the odd balloon fact, such as, did you know that the first toy balloons date from as early […]

Pumpkin Carving know-how

Creating a gem of a pumpkin for Halloween is one of our most favourite things.  There are a few key tips that we’ve discovered over the years that will help your creative juices flow. The perfect pumpkin We bet you’ve never given your pumpkin and its stem a second thought, right?  Well here’s an interesting […]

Halloween traditions you may not be familiar with

Halloween has its roots in a pagan festival, different elements were added over the years. There are so many traditions and superstitions around Halloween, some more well known than others; see below:   Husband Hunting Traditions There are numerous traditions aimed at helping young women to find their future husband. So, if you’re tired of […]

Mexican Day of the Dead Party

If you’re looking for a colourful theme for your Halloween celebrations this year, then we suggest a Mexican Day of the Dead party!   What is it? The Day of the Dead, or Dia de Muertos, is a Mexican holiday. Family and friends gather to remember and pray for friends and family members who have […]

Pumpkin Carving: History of the Jack O’Lantern

Jack O’Lanterns Carving pumpkins is a classic Halloween tradition but it’s actually a fairly recent addition to the celebration. People have been making Halloween lanterns out of vegetables for centuries – the original jack-o’lanterns were carved from turnips, potatoes or beets.   Stingy Jack The origins of the story lie in an Irish myth about […]

Halloween Ghost Party

Themed parties are easy and fun to organize. A Halloween Ghost Party is really simple as you can keep to a basic, all white theme. The important elements to tick off are decorations, tableware, treats and games. Decorations More stylish than scary! A modern and fresh black and white Halloween theme appeals to old and […]

Trick-or-Treat

All Souls’ Day Trick-or-Treat dates back to the early All Souls’ Day parades in England.  The poor would beg for food and they would be given pastries called ‘soul cakes’ in return for promising to pray for the family’s dead relatives. The Church encouraged the distribution of soul cakes as a way to replace the […]

Halloween Pumpkin Party

Autumn is here, the nights are drawing in and Halloween is fast approaching. If you’re planning a celebration then a pumpkin party is perfect for this time of year!   Decorations You can never have too much orange! No, we’re not talking about fake tan – we mean all things pumpkin! They are everywhere at […]

Halloween – A Brief History

Halloween If you think that Halloween isn’t quite what it used to be, then you’re both right and wrong! Growing up in the UK, many of us spent Halloween going door to door for sweets, bobbing for apples and carving wonky faces into turnips and pumpkins. Brits tend to view Halloween as an American tradition, […]

Happy July 4th 2018!

Here at illooms®,  we would like to wish all our American cousins a Happy July 4th 2018! With over 216 million , 87% of Americans planning to celebrate this 4th July. It is one of the biggest celebrations in the US calendar and an opportunity to spend time with family, friends and community. This year […]

Summer Parties

Summer parties Here in the UK we’ve been experiencing some of the best summer weather for years. Who knows how long it will last so why not celebrate long days and warm weather while you can? Outdoor parties are fun – you also don’t have to be too strict on numbers either. When you’re outside […]

Light up your Easter with some Craft & Play

Thankfully it looks like the cold weather the Met Office predicted over Easter isn’t actually coming our way. However, that doesn’t mean we’re going to be enjoying the sunshine and hot temperatures. So, if the weather drives us inside, we’re left with the age-old question, “How are we going to entertain the kids?” Get Crafty […]

Create your own Oscar style party!

Its Oscar party time! Congratulations to all the winners of this year’s 90th Academy Awards ceremony. As we reach the pinnacle of the award season why not throw your own Oscar party  or a movie inspired party to celebrate a birthday or simply an idea for a party to beat the winter blues. To create your premier […]

Stop press: Balloons in Fashion

Balloons on trend at London Fashion Week London Fashion Week, the ultimate fashion festival, wrapped on Tuesday and one trend in particular leaped off the catwalks. Whilst balloons are always on trend as far as we’re concerned, it was great to see them feature at such a high profile event. York-based Matty Bovan held his […]

Chinese New Year 2018 -The Year of the Dog.

Chinese New Year, kicked off last week as the start of the Chinese Calendar. The New Year celebration is one of the biggest festivals in the calendar for Chinese communities across the world and ushers in the Year of the Dog. Also known as the Spring Festival or the Lunar New Year, Chinese New Year […]

Say it with illooms®

Here at illooms we’re ready to celebrate romance on Valentine’s Day Why not light up your Valentine’s Day and “Say it with illooms®”? Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and if you’re stuck for ideas to express your feelings to your significant other, you’re not alone. Maybe the traditional Valentine’s fare feels a bit […]