It goes without saying that you “deck the halls with boughs of holly” at Christmas time. It just wouldn’t be the festive season without glittering lights, tinsel on the tree and paper-chains slung between the ceiling tiles at the office party.
And of course, you can’t have a birthday without balloons. A certain number of candles protruding optimistically from a heavily iced cake is pretty much obligatory to mark the passing of the years. If you’re having a party, ideally there’ll be a great big colourful banner too.