New Year's Eve Noise Makers: Party Horns & Blowouts to Celebrate at Midnight
Make a might noise at the stroke of midnight. All together now, in unison!
Legend has it that noise wards off evil spirits, or more precisely shoos them out of the house. The devil and his minions hate noise with a passion. So does your neighbor downstairs. Perhaps there's a connection?
Legend also dictates that you should open the doors and windows of your home to allow evil spirits escape, and to hold tight to any valuables. This might make sense if you live in Hawaii, but could be a tough proposition in Great Falls, Montana, where the mercury sometimes dips below zero in December.
Regardless of your beliefs, and whether or not you buy into the theory of spirits, a New Year's Eve party isn't much of a party without the essentials: food, drink, decorations, and noise makers to create a racket.
Not all noise makers are created equal. Some rate much higher on the decibel scale, as we'll explain.
Party Horns, Blowouts & Clappers: What's the Difference?
NYE party horns: Horns are the alpha males of the noise maker set – cardstock and plastic creations with a metal "reed" amplified by the conical shape of the horn. New Year's Eve party horns all bear a NYE headline and decorative motif. You can purchase these as singles or in packs.
NYE blowouts: These are miniature horns with attached curled up paper tubes that inflate and extend when you blow into the horn, hence the term, "blowout." The visual created when the long paper tube unfurls is just as important as the sound of the horn.
Squawkers: Another example of scaled-down party horns, squawkers feature foil tassels that flutter furiously as air passes through the mouth of the horn.
NYE clappers: Opposing plastic plates slam together when you shake the handle of a clapper. It sounds precarious, but really isn't due to the small size of these devilish devices. You've seen them at basketball games and other where crowd noise is at a premium. New Year's Eve clappers usually bear a holiday headline and shape.
Cow bells: With these noise makers, you can quite literally ring in the new year and make the cacophony that stands of out in a crowd.
Party Poppers: These miniature plastic noise makers are filled with paper confetti held under pressure. They burst open from the bottom with a loud pop when you pull the attached string, spraying their contents in the direction that you aim.
Air horns: Have a blast! A pocket-sized air horn lets out an ear-splitting honking noise when you press the trigger. Keep dozing guests alert. Celebrate your team's big victory. Better yet, take an air horn to the party to make an unforgettable racket!