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 […]

Join the Carnival with illooms®

Create your own carnival of colour with illooms® Join the Carnival with illooms!  This year Mardi Gras is celebrated on 13th February and not only marks the end of Carnival Season, but is also known as “Fat Tuesday “ or “Pancake Day” which marks the last day before Lent for many people. Mardi Gras is […]

Make Your Own Glowing Snowman

We always find it interesting when people use our products in ways that even we never imagined before. One such example is this DIY glowing snowman. It was put together by a long time friend of the extended illooms® family and she’s kindly shown us how it’s done. How to make your own Snowman All […]

Beat the January Birthday blues

As the first month of the new year draws to a close, we’d reflect on what it’s like to celebrate your birthday in the most miserable month of the year and present the alternative view – that January is in fact a great month for a birthday. We’ve put together the following to help you […]

Mission Christmas 2017

It’s always nice to give a little something back at Christmas every year. For the last two years, our choice of charity is Mission Christmas. Sadly, 1 in 4 children are living in poverty across the UK. Manchester, somewhere quite close to home for us at illooms®, has the 4th highest levels of child poverty […]

It’s Christmas!

It’s December 1st, and for all of us here at illooms® that means it’s finally time to crank up the festive factor. It’s time to get out the decorations, put on some Christmas tunes, and start opening advent calendars. To help you get into the Christmas spirit we thought we’d share some photos of our […]