A few good ales and your guests will have eyes like DA15s and they'll witness all those juicy starbursts.
An Oz pop icon fell off his ladder doing the Xmas lights a few years ago. He hit poolside paving and nearly killed himself with severe brain trauma that is still not 100% recovered. Suggest Kim check out "Molly Meldrum". I like Ron's comment too although I'm having a few more wins these days ;-)
Thought they looked pretty good, but then I don't get much right even if it is right.
At least you got the lights up; that's more that I would have done. :)
I'm not good at stringing lights either. I do like the color. Given enough 'cheer' I bet nobody will notice/care. :-))