Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Christmas Lizzies Anyone?

Nothing says holidays like fresh cookies baked with love by friends and family members! But with so many options, it's hard to choose the perfect ones to fit the occasion. As we get into the holiday spirit, we thought it would be fun to share some favorite holiday recipes posted or shared by Members of the Red Hat Society. Much to our delight, one Hatter had already started a favorite cookie recipes swap  thread the Red Hat Society's message forum, the Queens and Members Board, and TootsieWootsie Marge of the Tootsie Tagalongs Chapter (Washington, United States) shared a QMB favorite shared a few years ago by Divine Ms. Em of the Dynamic Duo Chapter (Texas, United States). The recipe was for Christmas Lizzies, or fruitcake cookies, and because they got such rave reviews on the board, we thought we would begin the season of recipe swaps with these festive cookies.

Christmas Lizzies

1/2 C sugar
1/3 C sweet butter
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 T milk
1/2 C bourbon
1 1/2 - 2 C sifted flour
1# pecan pieces
1# dates, chopped
1# candied cherries
1# pineapple (mixed colors)

Prepare fruit and nuts by mixing with half the flour (keeps the fruit from becoming sticky). Cream together the butter and sugar, add beaten eggs one at a time.

Sift remaining flour with soda and salt and add to egg mixture. Add liquids and then add the fruits and nuts. (mixture is very thick; use hands to mix)

Drop by teaspoon onto cookie sheets and bake at 325 for 25 minutes or until medium brown.

Orange juice may be substituted for the bourbon in this recipe.

Thank you for sharing this recipe ladies! We can't wait to be able to share many more this holiday season! If you have a favorite holiday recipe that you would like to share, please send it to Stories@RedHatSociety.com. 

Don't Miss Out! 

December is the month of giving! One lucky Queen in the Sisterhood is going to win a Queens' Star Tour Trip for Two courtesy of Amtrak on December 20th. One Member will receive an iPad Mini on December 24th, and anyone who books a holiday party at Buca Di Beppo this month will receive a $100 gift card to use! Be sure to like us on Facebook to stay updated on all of the happenings in the Sisterhood and join us in the Wonderful World of Hatting for just $20 for the year or $39 if you would like to start your own Chapter in your area! 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

More Than Meets The Eye

What do you think when you look at a group of Red Hat Society Members out and about? Have you stopped and stared or maybe even snapped a quick photo of these brightly dressed women? Now think about this one... did you smile when you saw them?

Sure Red Hat Society Members dress in loud colors and wear some of the most ornate red and pink hats, but there is more to this group of women than meets eye. The Red Hat Society is a Sisterhood. When these women come together, they lift each other up with bright spirits, smiles, laughter, and genuine friendship. And when a Sister is in need, she can bet that there are women around the world who genuinely care about them. 

One incredible example of Sisterhood was recently shared with the Hatquarters of the Red Hat Society by The River Road Red Hatters Chapter (Louisiana, United States) who endured the devastation of Hurricane Isaac this past August. Although many of the Members were affected by the tropical storm, two in particular lost nearly everything and were displaced.   

At this year's annual Halloween Party the River Road Red Hatters added a special twist of a "Hurricane Shower" to support their affected Sisters.  

Here's what they had to say: 

"We gave them a Recovery Shower. Everyone brought household items colorfully gift wrapped. After our usual delicious meal and before we played some fun games, we held their shower. Both ladies were excited and overcome with joy in the spirit of Sisterhood exhibited by our Chapter. They commented that they felt like brides again at their wedding showers. We are not only friends, but we have become an extended family through good times and bad. Our Chapter lives the true Red Hat spirit."

Isn't that sweet? Thank you for sharing that story ladies! 

 You can find more stories like this in our weekly Friday Broadcast newsletter and our quarterly Red Hatter Matters Magazine. The next time you see a group of Hatters out and about, take a good look at the way their eyes light up when they smile. That's genuine happiness and that's what the Red Hat Society is all about! 

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Perfect Holiday Dish

Who doesn't love a great new recipe to add to their holiday collection? A few weeks ago, Hatquarters' resident baker, Foodilicious Debbie, brought in a bowl of cranberry goodness that gave everyone the warm holiday season fuzzies. She was taste-testing the recipe to see if it was good enough to make it to the holiday table, and we assured her that it was. 

The next day, Debbie noticed that some Hatter were already talking about planning their holiday meals, so she thought it might be fun to do a Red Hat Society recipe swap for the holidays. Here's what she had to say:

 Although it's food season all year-long, some people especially love when this time of year rolls around and EVERYONE seems to fire up their stoves to whip up and share new recipes! Comfort food is once again in vogue and words like "ooey" and "gooey" are commonplace. In other words, we're in recipe heaven. One flavor of the season that never fails to evoke a sigh of pleasure is that of cranberries. Whether drizzled warm atop a favorite cheesecake or submerged into a blend of apples, oranges, cherries and spices, cranberries add the perfect holiday touch to every dish they are included in. What’s your favorite holiday recipe or food memory?

1 Orange, peeled, remove membrane, chopped
1 large Golden Delicious Apple, peeled, cored, chopped
¼ cup Orange Juice
1 package fresh cranberries (12 oz)
1-1/2 to 1-3/4 cups sugar
½ cup golden raisins OR dried cherries (I like the dried cherries)
¼ cup chopped pecans or walnuts
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
½ teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Combine all ingredients in a large a saucepan, bring to a boil. Reduce heat, simmer, stirring occasionally for 5 to 8 minutes, or until cranberries are bursting.
Chill until serving time. Freeze surplus in small containers. Makes about 4 cups of chutney. 

We hope this will be the first of many holiday food blog posts. If you have a recipe that you would like to share, please send it to Stories@redhatsociety.com and we will feature them in upcoming RHS Publications like the Friday Broadcast.  

Did you know that Hatters love to share recipes on the Red Hat Society's Members-only discussion forum, the  Queen and Members Board? Yes, they have shared everything from Cranberry Mayonnaise to Homemade Ginger Snaps just this past month. If you are a Member of the Red Hat Society, you can access these recipes here

Not a Member yet? We can't wait to have you playing in the Sisterhood. There's only one! Join the fun today!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

A Red Hat Virtual Costume Party

This year, The Red Hat Society hosted the first-ever Virtual Halloween Costume Party and Contest on our Facebook Page. In a Sisterhood that's all about dressing up, we thought this would be the perfect holiday to show just how creative we can be. Throughout the month of October, we challenged Hatters to come up with creative costumes using RHS Colors. Red Hatters, Members who are 50 years and older, had to wear red and purple, and Pink Hatters, Members under the age of 50, had to wear pink and lavender.The women were participating for a chance to win the title of Most Original Costume, Best Use of RHS Colors, Funniest Costume and best Group Photo.

We cannot begin to express how excited we were for the turnout of this virtual event. Hatters posted photos throughout the day, and truly amazed us with how creative they were. In fact, we had two costumes that tied for Most Original, because they were so great. The winners have been selected, and they will be featured in the Friday Broadcast, which is the Red Hat Society's weekly newsletter. A compilation of the rest of the photos will be featured in the upcoming issue of the Red Hat Society's Quarterly Magazine: Red Hatter Matters.

If you would like to see all of the costumes that were submitted you can visit our Facebook Page. Be sure to LIKE it while you are there, so you can stay updated on all of the events and contests coming up. Want to get in on the fun? Visit the Red Hat Society's website and learn how you can start playing! There's only one! Join the fun today!

Below is a sneak peek at some of the submissions!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Laughing For Health

At the Red Hat Society, Fitness is one of the 5 important F's in our mission statement. In fact, we've got a Hatters' Walk of Fitness page on our website dedicated to inspiring Hatters to be active and stay healthy, because we believe that healthy Hatters are happy Hatters! This week we received a fun and new fitness story from Queen Elizabeth of the Sassy Classy Red Hatters of Orlando (Florida, United States), and it's called Laughter Yoga. Here's what she had to say:

"At our October meeting, Certified Instructor, Pat, introduced us to Laughter Yoga, a hilarious way to improve our mental and physical health. 

First, Pat provided a brief history of Laughter Yoga, and shared with us how it is beneficial to our bodies, then, she showed us how we could feel better in a short time and maintain it for the long run. 

She pointed out that as we age, we forget to breathe deeply, from the abdominal area. The more oxygen we take into our bodies, the better we can feel, and the more oxygen our brains will have to function. 

Laughter is very healthy for most people. It can bring back memories that a person might have of his childhood. Do you recall how you much you laughed while playing? Laughter meant we were having fun and were happy.

When you are with your Sisters or in a group of friends, you can see how contagious smiling and laughing are. It takes just one person to begin chuckling to start a group laughing. A quick look around will show you more than one person taking up the smiles and laughter.  Even those who find nothing humorous could be infected with a grin, a smile or a chuckle."

Thank you for sharing this interesting approach you ladies took toward health and fitness, Queen Elizabeth! Those smiles are definitely contagious! 

We love to promote the healthy activities Hatters are pursuing and adding to their Chapter activities. If you would like to learn great tips about how to add fitness to your daily living, click here to view our Hatters Walk of Fitness page. Do you have a fitness story to share with the Sisterhood? Send it to Stories@redhatsociety.com, and be sure to include plenty of pictures!  

Are you interested in joining the Sisterhood? As always, we eagerly extend our red-gloved hands for you to take hold and jump right into the wonderful world of Hatting! Click here to join today!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Hats Out Of The Bag

We are well in to our Think Pink month of October! This is an exciting month, because not only are we celebrating the fabulous Pink Hatters who make up the Sisterhood, but we are also preparing for our first RHS Inspired Halloween Costume Contest on Facebook. We have encouraged Hatters to come up with Halloween costumes in RHS Colors. (Red and Purple for the Red Hatters, and pink and lavender for the Pink Hatters. The winners will be featured in any one of our upcoming publications, including the weekly Friday Broadcast newsletter and Red Hatter Matters Magazine.

Since the Red Hat Society is in Think Pink and Halloween mode, we decided to channel some of our creativity into a craft that is perfect for this special month: an RHS "Think Pink" Pumpkin Treat Bag. This cute treat bag would be perfect for upcoming parties, office giveaways, or decorations for your house.

What You Need:

-Paper Bag
-Green Construction paper
-Paint color of your choice. You can use orange to more closely resemble a pumpkin, but we used pink for "Think Pink" month.
-Green Ribbon

1. Paint the paper bag all the way around. We used spray paint to make the process go by faster. 
2. Fill the bag with goodies. 
3. Twist the top close so it resembles the stem of the pumpkin.
4. Decorate the stem with leaves made from the construction paper and the green ribbon. 

Once you have assembled your pumpkin treat bag, you can add a special touch by writing the name of the person receiving the treat bag, or a special Halloween message on it.

Want to learn more about the RHS Halloween Costume Contest? Be sure to like our Facebook page so your can read all of the updates and get in on the different conversations taking place! We can't wait to get to know you! If you wonder what an RHS Inspired costume is, take a look at this Pirate Hatter!


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Let's All Think Pink!

During the month of October, The Red Hat Society is going to celebrate the fabulous and important Members of the RHS, Pink Hatters .

Pink Hatters, or Pinkies as we lovingly refer to them, are the Red Hat Society's "Ladies In Waiting". These Hatters wear pink hats and lavender clothing until they reach their momentous 50th Birthday and REDuate Hatters REDuate to red hats and purple regalia. This month, we asked Pinkies to share their stories with the Sisterhood, and Pink Hatter Queen Ambrosia of the Vidatious Red Lilies of the Mountains (North Carolina, United States) took to email right away to tell us about how she became the Queen of her own Chapter!

Queen Ambrosia first encountered the Red Hat Society nine years ago, when she worked at a T-shirt and hat store in North Carolina. She was 19 years old at the time, and the Hatters were frequent visitors to the shop.

"I spent a lot of time with the group showing them different hats and watching them having an absolute ball. That's when I thought about how awesome it would be to go out with girlfriends and not care about how silly I acted," Queen Ambrosia said.

Just a few short years later, Queen Ambrosia met a Hatter who opened the doors to the wonderful world of Hatting to Queen Ambrosia by telling her that she could join as a RHS Member and proud Pink Hatter.

"She explained to me how to get on the website and how to join, and she expressed how important the Legacy was to be carried on through younger generations," she said. 

Queen Ambrosia joined the Sisterhood and immediately began contacting Chapters in her area. She was also encouraged by women on the Queens and Member Board, the Red Hat Society's Members-only discussion forum, to start a Chapter of her own. Being the go-getter that she is, Queen Ambrosia took the advice and opened her own Chapter. Now, the Vidatious Red Lilies of the Mountains Chapter is two Members strong and happily accepting new Members.

"The RHS has brought out the giddy school girl in me. I am excited to be a Pinkie Queen  and will enjoy life with my life-long Sisters." 

Thank you for sharing your story Queen Ambrosia! You had glitter in your veins from the start, and you are shining bright now!

Do you have a Pink Hat Story that you would like to share? Send it to Stories@RedHatSociety.com, and you could be featured in an upcoming Friday Broadcast, Red Hatter Matters, or Red Hat Chat post.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Just Because

When is the last time you took the time to write someone a note to tell them how much you appreciate them "just because"?

This week, The Red Hat Society hosted "Share The Hat Week," and women around the world either printed or passed along a virtual image of a "Share The Hat Appreciation Card" with their friends and family members on Facebook to spread a bit of cheer and gratitude.

Yesterday, one Hatter told us that she decided to give Share The Hat cards to her two children. She printed one card for each child, and she took the time to write a special message to let them know how proud she was of them. Just before the children went to sleep, she presented each of them with their notes. When her son finished reading his note, he looked up at her with tears in his eyes and threw his arms around her. The first thing he did was tape the note to his wall where he could see it every day. Isn't that sweet?!

If there's anything that speaks to the heart, it's the simple act of saying "Thank You," especially when it's unexpected. We've posted the Share The Hat Appreciation Card here for you. If you would like to print it and share it with someone that you know, please do so! We don't need an occasion to make someone feel appreciated. Let's all try to be the reason someone smiles today! Click on the photo to download. 

Don't forget, the holidays are right around the corner! If you are looking for the perfect gift to give a special woman in your life, you might consider giving her the Gift of Membership. For just $20, you could provide this person endless opportunities to laugh, play and create friendships with incredible women who are  playing in 31 countries. Click here to learn how you can give someone the Gift of Membership today! 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

A Red Hat Pirate Extravaganza and DIY Craft!

AHOY ME HEARTIES! Yesterday, September 19th, was Talk Like A Pirate Day, and Hatters around the world donned their best RHS-inspired pirate regalia and transformed into Pirate Wenches for the day. Queen Wench Scarlet Siren of the SoSimco Scarlet Sirens (Ontario, Canada) posted an invitation for local Hatters to attend a Pirate Luncheon on the Red Hat Society's Members-only message board, the Queens and Members Board, and what an event it was!

Her invitation read: 

"T' pirate captain and her gang look fore t' seein' all ye beauties again dis year dressed in all yore splendour and jewels .... gotta be in purple and red, just like t' little fishies in t' sea. Scarlet Siren and her band o' wenches hope t' see ya all thar t' celebrate. Ya never know ... thar may be swag."

In a Sisterhood that's all for playing dress-up, Talk Like A Pirate Day, is just another reason to dress in head-to-toe costumes and seize the day! Check out those great pictures, and read below for a great DIY Craft! 

Last week, we shared a DIY Pirate Eye Patch to help you get ready for "Talk Like A Pirate Day," but because some Hatters find occasions to wear their Pirate garb year-round, we wanted to share this easy way to create a Red and Pink Pirate Hat to look like a true RHS Pirate Wench. 

What You Need: 
A Pirate Hat (We got these from the local dollar store.)
Red, Pink or Purple Spray Paint 
A cardboard box

Simply place a cardboard box on floor or table and spray the bottom of the hat first and let it dry. Once it has dried, flip it over and spray the top. 

Once the hat has dried you have a completely blank RHS Pirate Hat canvas to bling to your heart's desire! Give it a try and send us your pictures to Stories@RedHatSociety.com! We can't wait to see what you come up with!
Are You Ready To Dress Up? 
They say that dress-up starts at age five and never really ends. When was the last time you channeled your inner child and played dress-up just for the fun of it? If the answer dates so far back that you can barely remember, then we think it's time to have some fun. Sometimes the circumstances of everyday life can be a bit overwhelming, and we believe that it's important to a woman's overall health to take some time to escape, let loose and play with other like-minded women. Are you ready to have some fun? We're ready to have you! Click here to join The Red Hat Society today! 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Red Hatter Matters

Hot off the Design Desk is a brand new issue of Red Hatter Matters! Every Quarter, Members of the Red Hat Society get to indulge in this fabulous online, digital magazine, which is jam-packed with stories of Hatter Happenings from around the world, event recaps and messages from Red Hat Society Founder and Exalted Queen Mother, Sue Ellen Cooper, and CEO and Queen Lady Bug Debra Granich. 

Take a look at these excerpts from the latest issue of Red Hatter Matters below!

Access to the Red Hatter Matters publication is one of the many benefits of becoming a Member of the Red Hat Society! If for some reason you have not received your copy of Red Hatter Matters, you can always find it under the Fun Stuff tab of the Red Hat Society's website. Not yet a Member? Check out our Sample issue of Red Hatter Matters by clicking here! We hope you enjoy it, and as always, we eagerly extend our red-gloved hands for you to take hold and jump right into the wonderful world of Hatting! Click here to join today!

Friday, September 14, 2012

DIY Pirate Eye Patch

Aye Buckos! "Talk Like A Pirate" Day is September 19th, and because the Red Hat Society is filled with Pirate Wenches, we were inspired to find the perfect "Talk Like A Pirate" Day craft for this fun day! (What else would you expect from a Sisterhood that's all about dress-up?)

Some Hatters have gone to great lengths to find pirate clothes in red and purple if they are 50 years and above, or pink and lavender if they have not yet reached their Magical 50th birthday, and you would be surprised at how amazing they look! Pictured below is a group of Hatters who dressed in their Pirate costumes on a cruise. 

Whether you are already playing in the Sisterhood or have just stumbled across this craft, if you plan to dress in  costume for "Talk Like A Pirate" Day, then you have got to try this fun project! We've called it the DIY RHS Pirate Eye Patch. 

What you need:
Spray paint or paint of your choice
Toy Eye Patch

What to do:
Spray paint the eye patch the color of your choice, and wait for it to dry. 
Glue the jewels in a design that you would like. And wear!

Want to see how Hatters play on "Talk Like A Pirate Day?" Head on over to the Red Hat Society's Facebook Fan Page! If you are one of the awesome Pirate Wenches in the Red Hat Society, be sure to send your Pirate pics and stories to Stories@redhatsociety.com. 

Did you know that the cost of becoming a Member of the Red Hat Society is just $20 per year? For just $1.67 per month, you could join thousands of women who have decided that it's okay to take time for themselves to play and enjoy the whimsical aspects of life that are often lost in the monotony of daily schedules. We are extending our red-gloved hands to any woman who is ready for an escape. We hope to see you Hatting soon! Click here to learn how you can join today! 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Queen Mother Elizabeth’s Red Hat Recess

RHS Ambasador and Queen Mother Elizabeth of the Divine Divas of Tampa Bay recently returned from an incredible weekend in Fort Myers, Florida where she celebrated the Sisterhood with Queen Mother Dottie of the Odessa Diamond Divas, Queen Mom Carol of the Mystic Maidens and RHS Ambassador and Queen Mother Minnie.

The women participated in the Fort Myers Florida Murder Mystery Dinner Train, visited the Thomas Edison and Henry Ford Winter Estates, and they spent a wonderful day with Queen Mother Minnie who not only treated them to a wonderful breakfast, but she gave them each a beautiful handkerchief with a crocheted red hat on it.

When Queen Elizabeth got home, she took time to draft a letter to Hatquarters to share with the Sisterhood what the Red Hat Society means to her, and it brightened the days of so many people at Hatquarters that we had to share it here with you:

“I have been privileged to participate in numerous Red Hat Society events, both in Florida and other States, including a few International Conventions over the past 10 years. It was my distinct honor to be a part of the historic event in Washington D.C., when on April 25, 2011, first Red Hat and Purple Boa were inducted into the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History. I cannot begin to express how much my life is better because of Red Hatting. The rewards I have received on my small Membership investment are immeasurable! I feel strongly about the benefits of Supporting Membership and try to make certain any activity I attend or those individuals see the benefit as well.

Every day, in every way Red Hatting makes my life better. The conviviality experienced at each gathering becomes richer every year. I get to share my life and love with a wonderful Sisterhood of women from all walks of life and the quality of that sharing has formed a bond closer than some families. I cannot (nor would I want to) imagine how dull and boring life would be without the rich panalopy of colors and the joy radiated when we fill a room ready to play and experience recess to its fullest. Since retiring in August of 2012, my life has been one big recess.

For me the Red Hat Society Sisterhood is simply one of the greatest joys of my life. I have a Social Network of women from all over the world. These incredible ladies have been a great source of inspiration, talents, ideas and their sense of adventure is nothing short of awe-inspiring! Yes indeed, there is something magical in those hats!” 

Thank you for sharing this beautiful testimonial with us Queen Mother Elizabeth! If you would like to read what other Hatters have been saying about the Sisterhood, click here. To learn how you can become a Member of this ever-growing Sisterhood click here.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

A Little Taste of Grandma's Brag Board

September is host to National Grandparents' Day. Last month, The Red Hat Society asked Hatters to share with us some of their favorite moments with their grandchildren to be featured in the upcoming issue of Red Hatter Matters in a new section called "Grandma's Brag Board." Here is a sneak preview of a few of the responses we received! 

"Recently I was babysitting my 5 yr. old granddaughter, Rylee, and one of my Red Hat Chapters was meeting for lunch that day. So I ask permission to bring Rylee along. Rylee had always loved trying on my Red Hat clothes and hats since she the moment she could talk. Before we got to the Ranch where we were dining, Rylee kept talking about the ladies she knew, getting some of the names mixed up with my other Chapter. When we joined the others, I introduced Rylee to our Queen. She promptly stood up and sang out, 'Queen Jean,' and for days afterwards she talked about Queen Jean. When her parents ask her who she was talking about, Rylee said, 'Oh! You know, that's mine and Emama's Queen.' We think Rylee will skip Pink Hats and go right to Red Hatting at the ripe ole age of 5." - Dianne, Belles of the 'Boro Chapter (Georgia, United States)

"Most of the QMBers know about my lovable 17 year-old grandson, Nicholas. Nicholas is under Hospice care as we speak due to having a rare brain disease called Batten. He is also a diabetic and has been on the insulin pump for ten years. Every time I have to do his insulin pump, I always tell him that Mom and Dad can do this quicker than Grandma, and he always tells me, 'That's okay Grandma, you're old,' I laugh and tell him  'I will be your old grandma any time.'  Nicholas' brain development has decreased to the age of an 18 month old child, and he is completely blind, but every time he hears my voice, he has a big smile for me and says 'grandma again.'  He is the bravest child I have ever met, and he is my Hero."- Myrna of the Red Hot and Devilish Chapter (Nevada, United States)

"When I want to get a kiss and a hug from my grandchildren, I'll ask for some 'sugar' and they usually give me a bear hug and a kiss on the cheek.
When my granddaughter Lauren was about 4 years old, I asked her for some 'sugar' and she said 'Uh,uh!' 
So I then asked her where Grandma Pat would get her 'sugar' from and she quickly replied 'From the grocery store.'"-
Pat of the Sassy Southern Sisters Chapter (Georgia, United States) 

Do you have a story that you would like to share for future Grandma's Brag Boards? Send it to Stories@RedHatSociety.com with the title: Grandma's Brag Board. 

Red Hatter Matters is the Red Hat Society's quarterly Magazine, and it features Hatter stories, crafts, recipes, and news about upcoming RHS events. Look for the next issue of Red Hatter Matters to hit your email inboxes in the middle of September, and please be sure to share it with your Sisters who do not have access to email!

Are you not a Member of the Sisterhood yet? What are you waiting for? There is a group of Sisters around the world ready to welcome you! Click here to join today! 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Know The Symptoms

Monday, Actress and Comedian, Rosie O'Donnell, revealed that she recently suffered a heart attack known as the "Widow Maker." Like many women, Rosie did not know the symptoms of a heart attack, and even after she looked them up on the Internet, she was completely in denial of what she was experiencing.

On her blog, she shared: 

                            I did not call 911
50% of women having heart attacks never call 911
200,000 women die of heart attacks
every year in the US

by some miracle i was not one of them
the next day i went to a cardiologist

(Evan Agostini - AP) 

As one of the largest women's social organizations in the world, The Red Hat Society encourages its Members to protect their hearts by learning the facts about heart disease. That is why we support the American Heart Association's endeavors to educate women about the symptoms of a heart attack and the preventative measures that can be taken to ensure that they do not become victims. Although this is the leading killer of women in the United States, this is a disease that knows no boundaries and could just as easily affect any one of the International Sisters.

Whether you are a Supporting Member of the Red Hat Society or a frequent visitor on our blog, please take a moment to educate yourself about the symptoms of a heart attack. We are happy that Rosie is a survivor, and we hope that her story will inspire you to learn more about the dangers of heart disease. In a Sisterhood that's all about fun and friendship, we want you to be healthy so you can play with us for many years to come!   

Nation Wear Red Day is a special day organized by the American Heart Association to bring awareness to the dangers of heart disease. February 1, 2013 is the 10th Anniversary of this movement, and The Red Hat Society will participate by encouraging Hatters around the world to wear red and go out and play. 

Would you like get involved with The Red Hat Society and National Wear Red Day? We would love to have you! 

Friday, August 17, 2012

Game Time!

When was the last time you played a good game of Truth or Dare? It may have been so long ago that you can't remember, but we're willing to bet that some of the fun and often exciting events that occurred during your previous bouts with this game are still unforgettable.

Earlier this year, Queen of deVINE, Linda, suggested that Hatquarters revive this game for Hatters to use in their Chapter outing, and we thought that was a great idea! New to the Fun Stuff Tab of the RHS website is the RHS Tattle Game. Hatters have the option of either printing the templated questions and dares, or they can print the blank cards and write questions and dares that might be more relevant to their Chapters.

This game is the perfect Chapter Activity, and will surely lead to loads of giggles and fun. After all, The Red Hat Society is all about "Bringing The Giggles Back!"  

Directions for the game:
Cut out the different cards and place them face down on the table, or into a bowl. Mix them up, and each player chooses a card. They are then to either share or do what is written. The RHS has provided you with empty cards as well so that you can add to your own fun! Enjoy!

Access to RHS downloadbles is an exclusive benefit to Supporting Members of the Red Hat Society. If you would like to learn how you can bring the giggles back to your life by becoming a Member of the Red Hat Society, simply visit our website. We can't wait to get to know you!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Scarlet Sparkles and A Spoon Full Of Sugar

When it comes to Sisters in need, Hatters are the best at coming together and showering them with Scarlet Sparkles and Red Hat Hugs!

Recently, Queen Kaye, of the Durham Red Hot Chicks (Ontario, Canada) sent a Thank You card to the Red Hat Society in appreciation of the numerous cards, well wishes and prayers she received after she was in a car accident a few months ago. Because we know this was a joint effort, we wanted to share her words of appreciation with you!

“Many, many of these wishes came from my Red Hat Sisters near and far, known and unknown, and they have given me such strength and encouragement to deal with my injuries,” Queen Kaye said.
Although Queen Kaye suffered from a broken neck as a result of the accident, miraculously, she was able to undergo a surgical procedure to stabilize her it, and she wore a neck brace to allow it to heal properly.
“I know this would not have been possible without my Red Hat Family,” she said.

One day, when Queen Kaye was feeling particularly down on herself, she received an unexpected card in the mail, which contained a “Spoonful of Sugar” and plenty of well wishes for a speedy recovery from the Hatquarters team. 

“What timing,” Kaye said. “I am so proud to be Queen of the Durham Red Hot Chicks of Ontario Canada!”
In true Red Hat Fashion, Queen Kaye included photos of herself at an RHS function smiling from ear to ear with her neck brace wrapped in a beautifully vibrant red scarf. There really is nothing we Hatters can’t find a way to accessorize!  

Friday, August 3, 2012

A DIY Red Hat Band

 We love when Red Hat Society Members share their fun crafts ideas with us! At our 2012 Golden Age of Glamour International Convention, Marilyn, an RHS Ambassador and Queen, was strutting her stuff in her Red Hat Band, which she made herself. When we asked her how she made it, she took the time to show us so we could share it here with you. Isn't it adorable? Keep reading to learn how you can make this hat for yourself! 

What You Need: 
-A Large Drink Straw
-Eyelash Yarn (color of your choice)
-Hair Pin

How To Assemble:
Step 1:Take your elastic and pull it through the straw and tape down about an inch-and-a-half of elastic on one side.  
Step 2: Let the remaining elastic run out to be the length of the hat band that you would like.
Step 3: Use a hair clip as a weight to hold it steady.
Step 4: Take your eyelash yarn and loosely wrap it around the straw and then tie it into a knot. 
Step 5: Continue wrapping the yarn around the straw in the same circular motion throughout the length of the elastic that was cut. 
Step 6: Once you have completed wrapping, carefully cut the tape off the end of the straw. 
Step 7: Tie the two ends of the elastic together. Cut the excess elastic. 
Step 8: Place band on top of your head and wear it as a hat or add it as an accessory to your favorite hat! 

This hat can also become a fabulous lei, a boa depending on the length of the elastic that you use, a 
halo, or a bracelet.

Do you have an idea that you would like to feature on Red Hat Chat? Simply send us your photos and directions to Stories@redhatsociety.com, and title the email "Craft Idea." We love to receive and share new ideas with the Sisterhood.

                                                                                    Come Play With Us!
Are you still thinking about joining the Sistershood? We invite you to come play with us on August 11th, for RHS Worldwide Hoot Day. Have a rockin' good time with Hatters and enjoy some delicios food at one these Hard Rock Cafe locations.

Worldwide Hoot Day is a special day where Hatters all over the world come together for fun and friendship. From Stonehenge to the Eiffel Tower to many of the Hard Rock Cafes, there will be a sea of Red and Pink Hattere out to play.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Red Solo Cup We'll Bling You Up!

There's a new trend popping up in the Red Hat Society, and it involves creating what Members are fondly calling an "RHS Wine Goblet" from a Red Solo Cup, a candle holder and as much bling as they can possibly imagine.

This craft was just so cool that we had to share it with everyone. After browsing through the many pictures Hatters posted on Facebook, we at Hatquarters decided to take on the task of creating our own version of the RHS Wine Goblet.

One Hatquarters Staff Member brought in a bag of Red Solo Cups, another one picked up a candle holder when she was at the dollar store, and another gathered tons of bling, feathers, and other decorative elements to make our goblet look as festive as possible. Here is the finished product:

The beauty of this craft is that it can be as grand as you would like it to be! 

Here's a list of the essential items you will need:
- Two Red Solo Cups- The outer cup is for decoration. The second cup is interchangeable for the different drinks you will have. 
- A glass candle holder
- Bling, Bling and more Bling
- Scissors
- A hot glue gun

Duchess of Dazzle, Donna, of the Mission Made Chapter (Texas, United States) offered this useful tip for assembling your goblet.

 "Lightly sand the top of the glass candlestick, place a pretty bead in the hole for the candle, and lightly sand the bottom of the Red Solo Cup. Glue the cup to the top of the candle holder and press on it to make sure you have good contact. Wait 24 hours before drinking out of it, and make sure your decorations are not where your lips will be."

 This craft would be a thoroughly entertaining Chapter activity, and it would make for a fabulous gift. Hatters on our Members-only Queens and Members Board are chatting about this fun activity. Click here to see what they have to say! 

Want to see how some Hatters have already blinged-out their RHS Wine Goblets? Take a look at these awesome pictures: 

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

A Snail Mail Delight

"Computers are so often way more trouble than they are worth!"

This was a comment that was posted on Facebook earlier today, and without any context, it brought about a quick chuckle, because who hasn't felt this way about technology in one case or another? Sometimes it's nice to reminisce about the the days of old, when letters were sent via "Snail Mail" and conversations took place face-to-face without the distractions of text messages, emails, and Social Media notifications.

Today, a majority of the stories that come in to the Red Hat Society are sent via email, and we are able to communicate with Hatters around the world through Facebook, Twitter, and our own Members-only Queens and Members Board. But there's still something exciting about receiving a red or purple envelope in the mail that's just bursting at the seams with wonderful pictures of smiling Hatters and handwritten stories of grand adventures. 

Today, one of our team members came across a sweet poem a Hatter had written and mailed to Hatquarters a few months ago. She kept this poem on her desk because it made her smile, but over the months, it had gotten lost under a pile of papers. When she saw it, she decided that she wanted to share it here with you.  This poem was written by Queen of the Pleasants, Elsilee, of the Scrap Hatters (California, United States)

I almost said "NO" I was too depressed
To see designer clad matrons expensively dressed
With expressions of bored mediocrity
On faces more dead than their flowers would be! 

Then alive and laughing with such easy grace
Sparkling eyes and smiles on each eloquent face 
Ladies wearing red hats appeared on the lawn
Like the sun making rainbows of dewdrops at dawn.

Fun-lovingly youthful, yet chronologically old 
How did they do it? I just had to be told.  
For the first time in ages against mood and intention
I approached, surely prodded by Divine Intervention!

They explained how to join a Red Hat Chapter,
A disorganization of fun, adventure and laughter. 
Finding a group right for me loomed alarmingly large
And who'd want to join where I was in charge?

Besides I didn't want to be Queen (there shouldn't be peasants)
But I formed a group anyway and became
Now I think of the Flower Show with light-hearted gratitude 
For the joyous miracle of my change in "Hattitude!"

Thank you for taking the time to write this wonderful poem Queen Elsilee! This is a true testament to the power of the Sisterhood and the inspiring women who are a part of it.

Sparkling eyes, smiling faces, fun, adventure, laughter, and friendship... These are powerful words that describe the Sisterhood.When you are a Member of the Red Hat Society, you can you go to any event and know that you will have instant girlfriends and Sisters waiting to play with you. Are you ready to join in the fun yet? What are you waiting for?! We can't wait to get to know you! Click here to become a Member today! 

Monday, July 23, 2012

Buttons For Everyone!

Earlier this week, Hatquarters Team Members were attending different events and meetings, and one woman brought in a bag of clear buttons that she got from a local craft store and passed them around for the staff to make their own personalized buttons. There's something about having an empty space to put your own personal touch on that's really exciting. Immediately we thought that this would be a great craft or activity idea for Hatters. We have so many free printables on the Red Hat Society's website that you can shrink to place inside the button, and there are endless ways to personalize them with bling or scrapbook crowns, hats or jewels. This activity is quick, easy and best of all inexpensive! 
What you need:
-Clear buttons
- Scissors
-Scrapbook bling
-A printout of the picture you would like to put in the button

When you print your picture, rather than printing on "Letter" sized paper, print them on "Envelope" sized paper so they will be the right size for the button. Then, add your bling to the outside of the button. If you put it inside, the button might not close properly. These are just some of the simple and fun activities that you can do with your Chapterettes. To access the free downloadables available to Queens and Members, take a look at the "Fun Stuff" tab on the Red Hat Society's website. The printable featured above can be found in the Printable Greeting Cards section. For more fun Chapter activity ideas, be sure to take a look at our Activities Collection

We hope you enjoy these craft ideas. If you try any of these activities at home, please be sure to send us photos. If you have any ideas for the blog, please send them to Stories@RedhatSociety.com with the subject line: Craft Idea. 

Do you love bling, hats and playing dress-up? Then you have come to the right place. The Red Hat Society encourages women to pursue fun, friendship, freedom, fulfillment of lifelong dreams and fitness. We are one big playgroup of women and in this Sisterhood everyone is a celebrity. Does this sound like something you would be interested in? Then click here to read about how you can become a Member in one of the largest women's social organizations in the world 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Queen Tourmaline Receives The Royal Treatment

Queen Connie, also known as Queen Tourmaline of the Precious Gems Chapter (Ontario, Canada) is one of those women who nurtures and genuinely cares for each and every one of her Chapterettes.

"I worry when one of my Chapterettes is going through a difficult time. I support them with a phone call or e-mail, and I visit them like any good friend would do," Queen Connie shared on her website.

These are the little acts of kindness that prompted one of Queen Connie's Chapterettes, Duchess Coral, to nominate her for the "Queen For A Day" contest hosted by the Local Business Improvement Association. Duchess Coral wrote a beautiful nomination for Queen Connie, and much to their surprise, she won. 

"I don't know who was more excited-- Coral or me!"

The royal treatment for the "Queen For A Day" weekend began on Friday with a basket filled with goodies and gift certificates from local businesses. On Saturday,Connie was pampered with a head-to-toe makeover, including: highlights, a haircut, a manicure and a pedicure. She then enjoyed a wonderful lunch and more gifts from local businesses, and she was chauffeured everywhere! Finally, Queen Connie enjoyed a wonderful dinner for four with Duchess Coral, her Aunt Mary and Vice-Queen Diamond. 

Of course, every Queen must participate in a parade! On Sunday, Queen Connie, took her place (tiara and all) with her Lady-In-Waiting, Duchess Coral, on a coach fit for a Queen in the "Paint The Town Red Canada Day Parade" procession. 

"Words cannot begin to describe the feeling of seeing the people lined up along the parade route, waving, cheering and some even curtsied. I still cannot believe it! It is all very surreal. I am very proud of the Chapterettes of the Precious Gems, and the bonds and friendships we have developed. We would never have met without the Red Hat Society. I can't imagine not having this wonderful group of women as friends."   

What an incredible experience Queen Connie! We love to learn about the different ways that wonderful Hatters like you are treated like the Stars and Queens that  you are, and from the sound of it, you had an incredible weekend. Thank you for embodying the spirit of the Red Hat Society! 

At the Red Hat Society, we love to receive stories from Hatters about the many events and activities they have participated in. These stories are shared through many publications, including: the Friday Broadcast, our blog Red Hat Chat and our magazine Red Hatter Matters. Do you have a story that you would like to share? Please send it to Stories@RedHatSociety.com, so we can pass it along in the Sisterhood. Did you recently receive the star treatment? Send your story in with the subject: I'm a Star. 

More importantly, if you are reading this and have not made the official decision to join the Red hat Society- we believe it's time to take advantage of the amazing Sisterhood. We can't wait to get to know you! Join us today! 

Friday, July 13, 2012

RHS Members Can Win A $100 Gas Card!

One of the many benefits of being a Queen or Supporting Member of the Red Hat Society is the ability to participate in and take advantage of fabulous contests and giveaways as a result of the many partnerships we have formed with different companies around the world.

This has been an incredible year of giveaway and contests from our Sponsors:
This past Spring, Hatters were able to attend free screenings of "The Lucky One" available in both the United States and Canada courtesy of Warner Bros Pictures.

On Red Hat Society Day, April 25th, nearly 300 Hatters attended an exclusive RHS-Only VIP Screening of "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, CA presented by Fox Searchlight Productions Pictures.

Two Queens and two Supporting Members have received round trip tickets for their own "cruise on rails" in the 2012 Queens' Star Tour courtesy of Amtrak, and one there is still one trip left to give away.   

Recently, Cottonelle asked Red and Pink Hatters to help them come up with a fancy name for their new Cottonelle Care Routine. They created a special contest with the Red Hat Society, which is currently being hosted on our Facebook PageHatters will have four opportunities to win a $100 Gas Card just for submitting their name suggestions. Wow!! Who doesn't love free gas?!

Cottonelle also joined us in the Hat District of the Golden Age of Glamour International Convention. They provided an incredible photo booth for Hatters to take goofy pictures with their Sisters. Click on the picture to go to our Cottonelle "Name It" Facebook Tab and learn all about this fabulous contest. Hatters, be sure to submit your ideas so you are entered to win a free gas card!

Our sponsors are another reason we can keep dues low! Not yet a Member of the Red Hat Society? What are you waiting for? You could win free gas, a free trip and best of all Sisters and friendships that will last a lifetime! Click here to join today!