For her small backyard, Californian Whitney Leigh Morris eschewed grass entirely, and filled the space with pavers and plantings. Lights strung above, and a tree growing by the fence, draw the eye up. See the full tour on Style Me Pretty.
I had a white light decorated branch in the nursery when Littles was eensy. Would like to have one again in the living room. Love how she hanged stars, too. Use insulating foam to hold the branch upright in the pot.