Cute? Why go cute? Why not go in another direction instead -- stately, understated, focus on red, or silver, or white, focus on movement, bringing the outside in (foliage), animation, historic decoration, minimalist -- but cute? If you want to go cute, just drape everything in that sickly pastel pink and be done with it.
We decorate the 1st and put up/decorate tree about 10 days before Christmas. I'm afraid I won't be much help in cute. We shot down a lot of mistletoe and put it up but closest to cute is when we put reindeer antlers in the horses for our annual open house.