For the last few years my sister-in-law and I have both been buying these small table-top live trees. One year I decorated my tree with ornaments made in India that were covered with bits of silver, glass and beads. The colors were mainly blues, greens and silver. The next year I added flocks of different birds made of glass, glitter and feathers.
Meanwhile my sister-in-law's tree was dripping with glass icicles; a vision of cool elegance — just like her. I have a collection of icicles that were always the last ornaments that went on the full-size trees I used to do for the holidays. This year I borrowed her idea and got out all my icilcles, a few beaded snowflakes and some miniature mirrors to create a tree that sparkles without screaming.
One of the benefits of a small tree like this is that you can decorate it quickly and easily. And you can mix and match your ornaments each year instead of having to drag them all out of strorage each December and find room for every one on the tree. This way, I get to constantly re-discover forgotten ornaments, notice collecting themes and get to enjoy a bit of nostalgia while I create an entirely new tree.