Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
-- The Buddha
The balloon clown. We seem to have versions of these at almost every party, supermarket, large restaurant, shopping mall and even funeral. Seems to be the most popular way to keep the little ones quiet over here. Doesn't work too well though, especially when balloons are mixed with cocktail stiks as here. I find a pillow- and large glass of mulled wine much more efficient in the "Keep Quiet" stakes.