Tuesday, July 19, 2016

CREATE A SMILE OR TWO

Imagine how a song, a dance or a silly joke might brighten your day.

Envision how rewarding it might be to be the one who creates a smile or two.


Mary Stopa, Queen of the Lilies of the Valley, Henderson, Nevada, USA,  has made that possibility a reality and as a result, her Red Hat Society Chapter is thoroughly enjoying themselves! 


Mary loves to sing so much that she put together (with the other talented ladies from her Chapter,) a program of singing, dancing and jokes. They take their one hour show on the road to a different nursing home every month to entertain the lucky residents. Even the staff gets in the fun! Sometimes, the ladies in the audience get in the action and borrow red hats to wear while enjoying the performance!

There are usually at least a dozen "Lilies" on board to sing and line dance while some just mingle, laugh and talk with the residents who just love them! It's a toss-up in regards to who feels happier from these visits; the residents or the Hatters. We do know that for this Chapter, it is indeed rewarding to know that you have used your talents to put a smile on someone's face and brightened their day.

Not a member of the Red Hat Society? There's only one, join the fun!

You are invited to join your Red (and Pink) Hat Sisters for an experience of a lifetime, where joy, laughter and the electricity of fun and friendship reign supreme in the city that never sleeps!  Let this serve as your official invitation to the Red Hat Society's 2017 Hats in the City International Convention in New York, New York.


Thursday, July 7, 2016

Guest blogger - If you want to stand out in a crowd, wear a hat - HATalk emagazine


If you want to stand out in a crowd, wear a hat. And if you want to stand out in a crowd of people wearing hats, wear a red hat...


Last month, some of the HATalk e-magazine team went hat spotting at Royal Ascot, England’s most famous horse race and one of the world’s top hat wearing events. Always attended by Queen Elizabeth II and her family, the week of racing was extra special this year because of Her Majesty’s 90th birthday celebrations.

With thousands of ladies wearing hats of every shape and size, it is always amazing just how much a red hat shows up at Royal Ascot. I guess that’s why a red hat is the perfect accessory for the RHS - a group of ladies who are always ready to stand out from the crowd!

I wanted to share some of my favorite red hats from Royal Ascot 2016 with you. I hope you enjoy them!


To see more great hats and download over a hundred hat making projects, subscribe to HATalk e-magazine today! Red Hat Society Members get an amazing 70% off the normal subscription price. Sign up now for just $19.95 a year!


Becky Weaver – HATalk Editor

Not a member of the Red Hat Society? There's only one, join the fun! You are invited to join your Red (and Pink) Hat Sisters for an experience of a lifetime, where joy, laughter and the electricity of fun and friendship reign supreme in the city that never sleeps! Let this serve as your official invitation to the Red Hat Society's 2017 Hats in the City International Convention in New York, New York.


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Help Us Form a Socie-TEA!

Dear Red Hat Society Members,

First, I would like to say hello!! This is my first guest blog post with Red Hat Society. Did you know that your mascot, Ruby RedHat, blogs for The Tea House Times? She’s a real pip and lots of fun.

As publisher of The Tea House Times, in exchange for Ruby’s contributions, I’d like to return the favor and perhaps form a virtual SocieTea with you here on the RHS blog.  You can expect a planned tea break with me once every two months. So, get out your favorite tea cup and enjoy! Tell me what you love about tea, the beverage (hot or iced), or how you feel about getting together with friends over afternoon tea. Hopefully, you may place a comment below this blog post. 

If you have questions about tea, I’m here and happy to help. I live and breathe tea 24/7! Do you remember the fun, RHS Virtual Mad Hatter’s Tea Party held on Facebook in March, 2015? You should be able to get into it to view all of the great tea-time tips I posted during the event. Here are a few tips I shared:

HISTORY OF AFTERNOON TEA
~Afternoon Tea became popular during the Victorian Era
~Includes finger sandwiches, bite size sweets, scones, and tea
~Traditionally served 3-5 pm
~Also referred to as Low Tea



POPULAR FINGER SANDWICHES
Popular finger sandwiches include cucumber, egg salad, smoked salmon, chicken salad, etc.  Get creative with fillings. Cut in long rectangles, triangles, squares, rounds, or use any shape cookie cutter to add interest.

TEA TRENDS - PARTIES
As far as tea parties are concerned, trends usually surround television or movie hits, seasons of the year, and childhood stories such as Alice in Wonderland and the Mad Hatter! Downton Abbey has been one of the best things to happen for tea world in quite some time. Tea rooms everywhere have sold out every time they host a Downton Abbey themed tea gathering. For children, the movie Frozen has also made tea parties very popular and fun.

Until next time, enjoy your tea and help me form a SocieTea of good friends and companions across the globe that enjoy making tea a part of a healthy, fun and friendly lifestyle. Be sure to check your Friday Broadcast email once every two months where all members receive a free digital copy of the most recent issue of The Tea House Times publication!


Gail Gastelu (aka Lady Gayle to my Red Hat friends), owner/publisher of The Tea House Times


Not a member of the Red Hat Society? There's only one, join the fun!


You are invited to join your Red (and Pink) Hat Sisters for an experience of a lifetime, where joy, laughter and the electricity of fun and friendship reign supreme in the city that never sleeps!  Let this serve as your official invitation to the Red Hat Society's 2017 Hats in the City 
International Convention in New York, New York.