This New Year's, make a few items that create a festive mood without deafening the adults.
Fill plastic film canisters halfway with corn kernels and decorate with shiny stickers. (Con-Tact or construction paper, glitter, fabric paint and opaque paint markers are also good for decorating.)
Poke a hole in the canister's cap (a parent's job) and thread curled ribbon through. Knot the ribbon on the underside of the cap. Let the rest stream out of the top.
To make streamers, staple lengths of crepe paper to an empty cardboard tube or a straw and decorate with abandon.