Summer came & went, and Halloween will be here before you know it. You can say “I’m not going to procrastinate this year” all you want, but you know that when October 30th comes around, you’re going to be scrambling to find an epic costume idea. We’ve got you covered with awesome costume and decoration ideas that’ll make you the official Halloween Hero.
The “Dunkin’ Donut”
What you’ll need:
- Strawberry Frosted Donut Pool Float
- Basketball Jersey
With hoops season just around the corner (and donut season, which is 365 days long BTW), you can tip off the party in style. MVP!
The “Emoji Convo”
What you’ll need:
- Crazy Wink Mask
- Heart Eyes Mask
- Tears Of Joy Mask
- DooDoo Head Mask
- (2) pieces of foam board
- Blue and Grey Paint
Cut the foam board in the shape of a text message bubble, then paint each one a different color. Cut out holes in each piece, put on an emoji mask, then pop your head through the hole. No iOS updated needed. 😜😍💩😂
The “Best Fur-iends”
What you’ll need:
The purrfect idea if you and your main witch are still looking for a quick and awesome costume idea.
What you’ll need:
- Patty The Poddle Mask
- Bowser The Basset Hound Mask
- Buck The German Shepherd Mask
- Barry The Boxer Mask
- White lab coats/scrubs
Let everyone know it’s been a ruff day in the O.R. Even better, your co-pay is just some table scraps.
The “Lion King”
What you’ll need:
- Lenny The Lion Mask
- Burger King Crown
- Fancy Robe/Outfit
The king of the jungle can also be the king of the party. Hakuna Martinis.
The “Vegan’s Worst Nightmare”
What you’ll need:
- Cheeseburger Head Mask
- Greasy fast food bag
- Write “A Vegan’s Nightmare” on a tee shirt
If you really want to get into character, stand in a fast food joint for a few minutes to absorb some of the “aroma”.
The “Gill-ty Criminal”
What you’ll need:
- Frank The Fish Mask
- Orange Jumpsuit
“The Duck Norris”
What you’ll need:
- Rubber Duckie Mask
- Black Cowboy Hat
- Cowboy boots and tight jeans (easy)
Some terrible one-liners*extra points for driving a gray 1995 Dodge Ram and spin-kicking outlaws
Give your guests a good laugh (or a good scare) with these. Everyone will literally LOL with every hand shake. Let them float around in the punch bowl or stick them into the dirt outside to freak out the guests.
Crime Scene Tape
Turn your boring yard into a creepy crime scene with one easy step. And with 50 ft of crime scene tape per roll, you can block off as many sections in the house that you want—especially that man-cave you haven’t finished.
Eyeball Beach Ball
Keep an eye on all of your guests. Place them around the house or give them to the kids to play with outside. This 20 inch beach ball will give your home the fun and eerie vibe for the party.
Your pumpkin and haystack arrangement in the garden looks great, but it needs some character. Or should we say, characters. I introduce to you: The Vampire Garden Gnome, Billy Bones, and Skinless Sarah. The perfect way to greet your guests & trick-or-treaters.
Sir Skully Mug
A Halloween essential. The BigMouth Inc. Sir Skully Mug can be used to set the mood for any ghostly get together. Use it as a centerpiece, put some chocolate dipped pretzel rods in there, or put some out for your guests to use for the Halloween Hot Chocolate Bar.
Take it easy on the boo’s this year, will ya?!
The Set Up
It’s all about the presentation. You don’t want just any old boring tailgating area. Pick up some of these Tailgating essentials and you’ll be the
MVP MVT of the parking lot.
Let’s face it: traditional coolers don’t look very exciting and take up a ton of space when the game is over. This dynamic football duo is the perfect way to keep food and drinks cool while still keeping your tailgating area looking festive.
“Not all heroes wear capes.” The grill master is the unsung hero of the tailgate. It takes skill, determination, focus, and most of all a great apron. The Grill Sergeant Apron is fully equipped with multiple compartments for your utensils, condiments, and an entire six-pack of course. It even has a handy bottle opener at-the-ready.
Those lame-o salt and pepper packets are a mess and the basic black and white shakers are BORING. Give everyone at the tailgating party a good laugh with these two porkin’ pigs. They’ll go great with the pulled pork sandwiches you just whipped up.
The Drink Up
Tailgating & beer go together like burgers and bacon. We’ve pulled together a few of our favorite ways to drink up before the big game.
A Game Day staple. Simply pour in 18 oz. of your favorite brew, watch as it fills the football shape, and chug.
Is there anything better in this world than a beer that is being protected by it’s trusty football shaped companion? Absolutely not. We highly advise you to refrain from spiking it, but a perfectly rehearsed endzone dance is always welcome.
Ah the Red Cup: a classic Game Day icon. But man, does beer get warm in there quick. The solution? The BigMouth Inc. Red Cup Drink Kooler.
No one is going to mess with anyone drinking from a giant Beast Fist. And with 4 different colors, you can support your team while sippin’ on your fav brew.
Because Doc said so.
If there is one thing you don’t want to forget at home this tailgating season (other than the beer), it’s The BigMouth Inc. Beer Mitt. Even on the coldest day of the year, you’re going to want a nice, cold beer right?
Hut, hut, HIKE!
Protecting our brand and protecting our valued customers from knockoffs is something we are passionate about. We recently filed two federal lawsuits against counterfeiters claiming to be BigMouth, Inc. and attempting to deceive people into buying an inferior, and potentially unsafe product. Can you spot the counterfeit below, purchased on Amazon.com?
BIGMOUTH INC. SWINGS BACK AT COUNTERFEIT SELLERS ON AMAZON.COM
With a lack of progress from using Amazon.com’s anti-counterfeiting measures, noted gift and novelty brand files multi-million dollar lawsuits to protect intellectual property, namesake, and consumers from counterfeit sellers.
GLASTONBURY, CT – July 19, 2016. BigMouth Inc. (bigmouthinc.com), a leading manufacturer of novelty products and gifts, today announced the issuance of lawsuits filed against two nefarious sellers of counterfeit goods on Amazon.com. By infringing upon various combinations of BigMouth Inc.’s trademarks, copyrights, and patents, sellers “SoloFleet” and “Floating Panda” willfully tricked consumers shopping on Amazon.com into thinking they had purchased genuine BigMouth Inc. products, causing irreparable damage to the brand and its mark. The range of counterfeit products consist of BigMouth Inc.’s famous Giant Donut, Pink Flamingo, and Pineapple inflatable pool floats.
The lawsuits emerge at a time of crisis for well-known brands whose intellectual property and trademarks are being exploited on 3rd party marketplaces such as Amazon.com, eBay, and Alibaba. As recently reported by CNBC, Amazon.com has made it even easier for importers to obtain illicit goods directly from China—a hotbed of counterfeit activity—by registering Amazon fulfillment centers with the Federal Maritime Commission.
BigMouth Inc.’s attempts to contact SoloFleet with Cease and Desist notices citing BigMouth Inc.’s trademark, patent, and copyright documentation were unsuccessful. Similar measures to inform Floating Panda were met with a defiant reply from Matthew McAlister, the claimed CEO, against concrete proof of illicit activity. Despite making the required test purchases from each seller, and proper submission of intellectual property infringement claims, the sellers were permitted to continue sales on Amazon.com. In addition, Amazon’s 3rd Party Marketplace—a marketplace for selling on Amazon.com—makes it possible to obscure a seller’s true identity, as well as continue the sale of goods under different aliases. This offers counterfeit sellers additional time and space to conduct illicit transactions.
Amazon in particular offers few tools for intellectual property owners to enact brand protection measures—most of which are ineffective and/or impractical due to the lengths of time that pass until responses from Amazon.com’s staff are provided—of which are notoriously vague or unclear. Further, Amazon.com’s online reporting interface traps brand owners into seemingly endless submit-and-resubmit loops on Amazon.com’s website. These traits are well-noted among Amazon sellers, attracting more sellers to sell on the platform regardless of product integrity or the resulting customer experience. Should a consumer sustain injury from using a counterfeit float, their attempts to contact these sellers would be extremely difficult—quite the opposite of Amazon’s promise of a friction-free shopping experience.
“We spend a tremendous amount of resources on developing unique product, and then registering our IP through the proper channels so we may offer it to the market for resale.” commented Founder and CEO Steve Wampold, “These sellers are knowingly selling an inferior product bearing our likeness, on platforms they know are loosely policed—bypassing the structures designed to conduct good business. Counterfeit goods are not manufactured with the same integrity as a genuine BigMouth product—they are unsafe, unsanitary, and of poor quality. Consumers are tricked into owning these goods, and then the brands are left to clean up the mess.”
Wampold added, “The ripple effects of illicit goods can be devastating. From the salesman at an independent gift store who loses a sale to a counterfeit to our own 20-plus employees—many with families—everyone loses. Even worse, these counterfeit products are not tested or brought into compliance for mass consumption like genuine BigMouth products. Counterfeit goods put innocent people at risk from a safety, health, and economic standpoint.”
Although the damage to BigMouth Inc.’s reputation is beyond repair, the lawsuit seeks $2,000,000.00 per instance of counterfeit BigMouth product. As BigMouth Inc. has a carefully selected network of high-visibility retail partners, the brand urges consumers to alert BigMouth Inc. if they spot a potential counterfeit seller or product at BigMouthInc.com/contact.
BigMouth, Inc. is represented by K&L Gates, LLP in the two lawsuits.
Depend on us to make your Independence Day celebration better than the town’s “firework show” *eye roll*. SO much better. We’ve got everything you need to party like it’s 1776. So grab your sparklers, fire up the grill, and don’t forget to pick up these 4th of July party essentials:
4 The Pool
Nothing screams ZOMG IT’S SUMMER like an Ice Pop. And nothing screams ‘MURICA like red white & blue. Putting this Giant Ice Pop Pool Float in the pool is perfectly patriotic. So throw away those couple hundred mason jars from that unfinished Pinterest project and get yourself a couple of these.
The Watermelon Pool Float looks good enough to eat – but please don’t try because vinyl and beer are probably not a good mix.
Make your 4th of July party extra sweet with our Giant Gummy Bear Pool Floats. But they get lonely without each other so make sure to get both colors.
Just because the adults are in the pool, doesn’t mean they’re going to suddenly stop drinking. I mean we are celebrating freedom after all. Your precious wine coolers deserve a nice little pool float too. These beverage boats come in all different varieties so each guest can have their own.
4 The Drinks
Celebrate the 4th with some Red, White, & Booze. Get the Red Cup Shot Glass Set to keep the casual theme and the drinks flowin’. We even have a Red Cup Kooler to keep whatever you’re drinking nice and cool.
Four Score & Seven Beers ago we had to carry all of our beers by hand. Always have a six shooter of your favorite cold ones attached to your hip.
A big celebration for the country we love calls for a BIG drink kooler. Make sure your guests’ drinks stay cold while keeping the patriotic theme. Our Beast Koolers come in 4 different colors.
4 The Food
Those big bulky coolers are effective and all…but man are they boring. Whether you’re throwing a tropical summer themed 4th of July party or a picnic, these inflatables are a fun way to keep everything chilled. And when you’re done, they don’t hog up all the space in your garage—just deflate and store.
Grilling on the 4th of July is not an easy task. But we’ve got the perfect solution. It has a pocket for everything that you’d ever need while grilling: for condiments, utensils, and even beer. We won’t judge you if you wear it even when you’re not grilling.
We get that sometimes setting up a pong table is a hassle—and not very pool friendly. You’ve got other important party things to worry about. So we’ve done all the hard work, all you have to do is blow it up.
The adults should have enough beers and wine to keep them occupied. As for the kids, it’s nice to have something to keep them from making you drink more. Grab a few of these Spitballs to throw into the pool our around the yard so they can stay cool and busy.
Giant. Inflatable. Watermelons. Need we say more?
The only time when throwing food around is acceptable. Whether the kids are playing fetch with the dog or with Drunk Uncle Sam, these Flying Foods are a great time.
WE WANT YOU, your family & your friends to have a great holiday. So cheers to you, & cheers to America.
-The BigMouth, Inc. Team
Remember the phrase “You get what you pay for” ? We at BigMouth wanted to take a few moments to demonstrate this concept with our popular—and oft-imitated—inflatables. When it comes to these knockoffs products, this old rule is absolutely true. We put ours head-to-head with a recent copycat so that you can be in the know while shopping for summer fun.
Let’s start with our best-selling Giant Frosted Donut Pool Float
Designed in 2010, and first made available for sale in 2011, our giant 4 foot float is sized so that A) it’s hilarious B) it’s versatile enough to lay on or cling to and C) it can serve A and B in just about any size pool. Make it too small and you cannot actually float on it (darned buoyancy). Too big, and there is not enough room for anyone else in the pool.
The below knockoff (on the left) from “H2WHOAH!” was deliberately copied—quite recently in fact—by a major retailer. Their donut float could probably keep a paper plate of diet crackers on top of water, but not much else…seriously look at that thing! But you wouldn’t eat the diet crackers because the cheap and horrible chemical smell from their float would make you nauseous.
Did you know that the same company fell in love with another BigMouth best-seller? Our Giant 6 foot (remember that number) Pizza Slice Float was also knocked off. Again, ours was sized to be fun and practical—it makes a great lounger for humans of all sizes. But what if the knockoff version was just “fun-sized”? You know, like the 1/4 of a candy bar you get when trick-or-treating. Let’s be honest—nobody likes 1/4 of anything…even 1/2 for that matter. That isn’t fun, and that isn’t America. Go Big or go home. Here have a look at the H2WHOAH! Pizza float (again, theirs is on the left) versus the BigMouth best-seller:
If your significant other came home from the store and gave you the above “pizza float I saw on Instagram”, after crying, you’d probably wonder what you were going to put on it. Dead grasshoppers from the pool filter? More diet crackers? We’re open to ideas. Meanwhile, BigMouth Customer A is five sips into a tropical drink, and on their way to a killer tan while the other pizza slice sinks to the bottom of the pool.
What’s in the box?
Unboxing anything is usually fun—you get something new and the excitement factor is high. But what if your float wasn’t actually protected in the packaging? You see these knockoff floats are simply stuffed into a box. There’s no protection from the friction of the box, so the print will rub off or could be subjected to additional wear and tear en route from the factory—moisture, shifting, handling, and extreme temperature changes.
A good analogy is buying a box of cereal. Imagine if you opened that box of delicious Lucky Charms and found out there was no plastic bag protecting the cereal bits. ‘Nuff said. Oh, and don’t bother trying to patch the knockoff float if Fido accidentally jumps on it—no patch kit is included. We know that crap happens, and for that reason all BigMouth floats come with a patch kit so you can extend the life of your inflatable if things get a little too crazy.
Below is a recent television commercial featuring those knockoff floats. Did you notice that no one is actually using them? Hmm. Have you ever seen a commercial for a product that is being completely ignored?
They say imitation is the greatest form of flattery. OK, there’s some merit to that, but we want our customers to be the envy of the pool/beach/lake—not the victim of a copycat. That means bigger floats, better designs, higher quality, and the highest level of integrity from our hands to yours. Consider yourself up-to-speed!
Related: Are you concerned about the authenticity of a product? See our post about counterfeit BigMouth products here.
Have a great summer!
-The BigMouth Team
Each spring BigMouth Inc heads down to the Gulf Shores in Alabama for the Hangout Music Festival. This year’s festival was an event like no other thanks to the combination of Hangout’s lineup (always A-list and cutting edge acts) and giant inflatables from yours truly for the crowd to enjoy.
This video drops you into the crowd as only BigMouth can, letting you get a feel for the fun time everyone has at the Hangout.
Giant Ice Pop Pool Float
Giant Funky Flower Pool Float
Giant 7 foot Inflatable Rubber Duck
Giant Rubber Duckie Pool Float
Giant 10 foot tall Inflatable Pink Flamingo
Giant Pink Flamingo Pool Float
Giant Eyeball Beach Ball
Giant White Swan Pool Float
Giant Black Swan Pool Float
Other products featured at the festival:
Giant Donut Hole Beach Ball
Giant Frosted Donut Pool Float
Giant Toilet Pool Float
Giant Pizza Beach Ball
Giant 10 foot Beach Ball
Music Credit: “When You See Me Hurt” by Atom Age. They are awesome, so please download the track in this video here -> amzn.to/1UcfbFb
-The BigMouth Team
Drinkin’ & Boozin’ Dad
Pops is a hard working man (we hope). He deserves a drink or ten every now and then. We’ve picked out a few of the best items to give Dad for all of his boozin’ needs:
The World’s Largest Beer Glass
A beer glass crafted for The World’s Greatest Dads. Don’t limit dad to drinking one beer at a time—this glass fits 4 beers. 48 ounces of pure hoppiness.
The Big Swig Super Flask
A big flask for the big guy. Don’t make him suffer through anymore painful events: weddings, family picnics, graduations, the line at the DMV, etc, without one of these by his side. 2 gallons is just enough to get him through the next time Mom forces him to go grocery shopping with her.
Grillin’ & Chillin’ Dad
You have to admit, Dad grills up a perfect rib-eye when he channels his inner Bobby Flay. But standing in front of that flaming grill on a scorching July afternoon is not as easy as he may make it look. Here are some gifts to make life by the grill a little more chill:
The Grill Sergeant Apron
Dad only has so much space out there, and only two hands. And he tries to avoid having Mom’s help because she ALWAYS asks to put zucchini or other veggies on there. Sorry Mom but zucchini on the grill means less room for the MEATS, and that just won’t do. The Grill Sergeant Apron comes with multiple compartments for his grilling utensils, condiments, and even for a six pack of cold ones (essential).
Now – the chillin’ part. What’s a good summer BBQ without a macaroni/potato salad? Get Dad this inflatable buffet to make sure he has everything he needs to compliment his perfectly cooked burgers. And might we add, its a perfect way to keep the precious beers nice and chilled.
Huntin’ & Fishin’ Dad
If his happy place is in the middle of a forest or on his boat in the lake, then these gifts will certainly make him grin from deer to deer.
Gone Fishin’ Coffee Mug
You can’t expect Dad to have a good day fishing if he doesn’t start his morning off with a coffee.
Shotgun Shell Bottle Opener
A bottle opener that makes shotgun sound effects? Yeah, this is a winner. Anything that makes opening beers easier is going to make Dad happier.
For the Dads that love sports—whether they’re actually at the game tailgating, or sitting on the couch watching. Don’t get a penalty this Father’s Day by only getting him a card because “he already has everything he needs”. We are pretty confident that he NEEDS these things so just get ‘em.
Giant Football Stadium Inflatable Serving Bar
Bottoms Up! Football Beer Mug
Game day never looked so good. This 18 ounce mug is just what your Dad needs when he’s making sure the couch doesn’t run away.
Happy Father’s Day!
-The BigMouth Team
As a kid, you get excited about the usual holidays—Christmas, Halloween, 4th of July (#Murica), etc. But here at BigMouth Inc. we get pumped up about National Donut Day, which is June 3rd, 2016 (just a week away!).
So how did this holiday come about? Believe it or not, it’s not a made-by-social-media holiday. It’s actually a day to commemorate the serving of doughnuts to soldiers battling in the first World War, and was inaugurated in 1938 (kinda dark, right?). Thankfully, when we think of donuts in the modern sense it brings smiles to our faces.
We wanted to share some of our favorite pictures of customers with our donut-themed products leading up to the big day. Even better, many bakeries and fast-food establishments offer free (or discounted) donuts—as if you needed to justify a trip to the donut shop.
Reese Witherspoon with our Giant Donut Pool Float
2. This person’s clever use of our Donut Mug
3. Alien moon? Nope, just our new Donut Hole Beach Ball
…at the Hangout Festival, during a set from X-Ambassadors. Over 20 of these tasty pastries ended up being launched into the crowd, but this “sun-like” image shows just what our world revolves around 😉
4. Argentinian model Stephanie Demner has good taste.
5. Donut think that Martin Scorsese will stop using Leo in his movies.
6. Heads up! Our Flying Food Donut is the least messy way to throw your friends a frosted treat. Cool pic from Duckies in Seaside.
7. Is it too late now to say Strawberry? Shown: Mr. Bieber just chillaxin’.
8. Keeping your drink upright in the sand or water is a top priority at the beach/pool.
These mojitos are extra cool thanks to our Donut Beverage Boats.
We hope you enjoy National Donut Day as much as we do, and be sure to keep up with the pastry action on social media using #nationaldonutday.
When you combine music, the beach, and BigMouth you are pretty much guaranteed a great time. This weekend we take over the Gulf Shores in Alabama to show the world what its like to be a BigMouth. The musical lineup is amazing, the scenery is incredible, and the inflatables will be bountiful. Check out the details here, and be on the lookout for some pictures via our Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter feeds. See you on the beach!