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 always held on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday.

One of the most renowned Mardi Gras celebrations takes place in New Orleans. Now in its 181st year, it has inspired carnivals throughout the world with it’s dazzling display of colour, parades, flamboyant masks and stunning costumes.

illooms are perfect to light up your carnival celebrations, whether you plan to attend one of the many Carnivals and Parades for Mardi Gras or want to recreate the fun and excitement of Mardi Gras in the comfort of your own home. illooms are fitted with an integrated LED that illuminates the balloon and glows for up to 15 hours to light up  your party all night long.


Carnival is a great party theme at any time of year. Here are our top tips for a Carnival-themed party:-

    1. Make sure you send a ‘save the date’ and invite your friends & family in plenty of time so they can plan their costumes.
    2. Plan your party décor – use green, gold and purple as they are the traditional colours of the holiday. Purple for justice, green for faith, and gold for power. From tableware to decorative bling, carnival allows you to go full out. There are plenty of choices ranging from shop bought décor to homemade options.
    3. Add some illooms for both colour and light. Choose opulent gold, mixed colour packs or kaleidoscopic marble illooms to create a carnival atmosphere and light up your party.
    4. Play traditional carnival music – try New Orleans brass band or Zydeco music.
    5. Dress in costumes featuring feathers, beads and boas. Go wild and encourage your guests to wear full Mardi Gras regalia. The wilder it is, the better. One of the classic costumes is the jester.
    6. Masks are key, traditionally a carnival must-have and available in a huge range of designs and colours for men, women and kids alike.
    7. Serve Mardi Gras cocktails – Hurricanes are the cocktail of choice.
    8. Don’t forget your Mardi Gras King Cake. The King Cake is a New Orleans tradition that involves a pastry, a small plastic baby, and a party. The King Cake is baked with a small plastic baby hidden inside and the person who gets the slice with the baby in it has to host the next party. – click here for the recipe

If you have a Mardi Gras party, we would love to see your illoom pictures. Either let us know in the comments below or head on over to our ‘Upload Your Photos‘ page where you can share photos of your creative party ideas with all of the illooms community.