Decorate Your Tree Like a Pro: 10 Tips

1: Make a mood board! Start with a theme based on a color scheme, ornament collection, or personal interest, then get inspired by searching Pinterest and home décor sites.

2: Start with the lights. We recommend purchasing about 100 bulbs (or 5 meters of lights) for every 2 feet of tree height.

3: When you’re ready to hang your ornaments, start with classic ones with traditional color schemes (like red, gold and silver). The idea is to create a base layer of relatively neutral colors, then make it pop with accents.

4: As you decorate, divide your tree into three sections – top, middle and bottom – and try to balance color, texture and density of ornaments within each one.

5: Tuck larger ornaments deeper into the tree, towards the trunk, to add visual depth.

6: Cluster similarly styled ornaments together. Each region of your tree can have a somewhat different look and feel, as long as they all fit within your theme.

7: Use picks like flowers, berries or pinecones to add a pop of color and texture, while filling sparse areas.

8: The top of your tree is a great place to make a bold statement. While you can’t go wrong with a traditional star, we like to get creative. Use floral wires to make a bouquet of picks (pinecones, flowers, berries, etc.) as a hand-made topper. Or use something unexpected, like a Victorian-era top hat!

9: Don’t forget the skirt. A skirt that matches your theme and color scheme creates a backdrop for your presents, while visually connecting them to the rest of your tree. Consider basing other elements of your indoor décor – stockings, wreaths, etc. – on your tree’s look (or vice versa).

10: Ask an expert! The Wannemaker’s team has been decking the halls for decades, and we have tons of tips and ideas. Talk to us in-store and we’ll help you find just what you need.

Bath & Vanities

You deserve a bathroom that pampers, and that’s why bath vanities are 35% off. We offer goods from Kohler, Bertch Bath and Arizona Shower Door.

Backyard Cooking with Mark Lambert

Get your apron on, because you’re invited to Backyard Cooking with Mark Lambert on Saturday, February 12th, 11am-4pm.

A firebrand personality and a genuine guru of all things BBQ, World-Champion Pitmaster Mark Lambert will take you and your classmates on a four-hour culinary journey, dishing out his fundamental and advanced techniques for cooking chicken and ribs.

Along the way, you’ll learn all the juicy secrets Mark has worked decades to master—a set of simple yet deliciously effective
techniques that you can use at home.

WARNING: This is not your mama’s cooking class!

What: Backyard Cooking with Mark Lambert
When: 12-4PM Saturday, February 12th
Where: Wannemaker’s in Downers Grove
Price: $200


How to cook a spatchcocked chicken.
How to break down chicken into its pieces and cook them to perfection.
How to inject and season your chicken for the best results.

How to select and trim your ribs.
How to season and sauce.
How to smoke and spritz.
How to determine tenderness of the perfect rib.

How to select the right type of charcoal.
How to manage your fire.

Mark Lambert’s Winning Credentials

  • 4-Time MIM Pork Shoulder World Champion
  • 2019 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo BBQ World Champion
  • 2020 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo BBQ Reserve Champion
  • 1st Place Rib Winner 2017 American Royal
  • 3rd Place Chicken 2016 American Royal
  • 2018 World Food Championship BBQ Reserve Champion


Choose from Lavastone, Crescent and Novelty Pottery, Mayne Planters, Tusco Urns, and more. To view our inventory, click the button below.


Channel your inner grill master. We’re offering free assembly & local delivery on a variety of Weber and Traeger grills and smokers. Plus, we have all the grilling accessories you need for BBQ and Smoking.

Water Gardening

Add a splash of color to your backyard with a pond or water garden. We have Midwestern koi, tadpoles, water lilies and aquatic plants, as well as a wide selection of pumps, filters, and liners. Call or visit the store for more details.

Landscape Materials

We carry soils & potting mixes, compost & soil amendments, peat moss, mulch, rock, gravel & screening, sand, stepping stones, and sod. For pricing and to view our gallery of landscape materials, click the button below.

Spring Products

Get ready to bloom with us! We are open from 9am – 2pm every day for in-store as well as curbside pick-up. To place an order CLICK HERE.