Thanks for the replies. As far as the tree, I just don't like that it stops at the certain points but don't have the ability to really go higher or further out. I have made a couple of hanging ornaments for the patio out of chicken wire and mini lights, so I was planning on adding these to the tree next year.
Yes, the ground items are the big change next year. I have already built a few mini trees this year (as practice) and will be adding 6-9 of these next year. I just don't know if I should buy the 5mm LED's or M6 mini's to wrap with.