Tuesday, May 29, 2012

RHS Table Fun-fetti!

This confetti project is so RHS that we had to share it with you. If you are looking for a way to spruce up your table decor, print out some of the free RHS Paper Doll templates and cut out the different hats, dresses and purses to use as stencils to create some RHS-style "Fun-fetti"!

What you need:
-Construction Paper in RHS Colors
-A Pencil
-RHS Paper Doll Template
- Scissors

Simply print the template and cut out the shapes you would like to trace to create your fun-fetti table decor. Once you have cut all of your pieces, sprinkle them across your table for a bit of RHS flare.

You could also turn this into fabulous Chapter activity by tracing several dress and hat pieces and having your Chapterettes or Sisters decorate them to create their own custom RHS Paper Doll dresses and hats. If you do this, be sure to bring your creations to the Golden Age of Glamour International Convention or send us your photos at Stories@redhatsociety.com.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Have You Met Queen Too Too?

In 2011, Hatters around the world sent in their submissions for the first "Nominate A Hatter" contest hosted by The Red Hat Society. In this contest, we asked Hatters to tell us about some women who had made a positive impact on their Hatting experience and the experience of others around them. The nominations were read and after quite the selection process, The Red Hat Society crowned its first-ever "Hatter of the Year": Queen Linda, also known as Queen Too Too of the Laizzez Le Bon Temp Roulez Chapter.

The Hatter of the Year announcement took place at the RHS Big Easy Bash International Convention in New Orleans, and it could not have been awarded to a more incredible person. Queen Too Too is an exemplary Hatter who loves the Sisterhood and promotes it wherever she is. She is a fireball of loyalty, compassion and spunk, and she dedicates much of her time to the well-being of those in her community, especially the elderly. In fact, you can read about Queen Too Too's latest project: "Hats of Love" in the latest issue of Red Hatter Matters.

So what does it mean when a Hatter receives this wonderful honor from the Red Hat Society? She becomes a celebrity in the Sisterhood, and she will be featured in future Friday Broadcasts, which is the Red Hat Society's weekly publication!

This year, the Hatter of the Year award will be announced at the 2012 Golden Age of Glamour International Convention, and there is just ONE WEEK LEFT to nominate a Hatter who you think would be perfect for this honor. If you would like to know more about the Nominate A Hatter contest, click here!

Thank you Queen Too Too for being a wonderful RHS Ambassador and Hatter of the Year!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Gifts That Change Lives

Did you know that the Red Hat Society started with the gift of a red hat? This simple exchange became a tradition among a group of friends that grew to be something more than anyone ever expected. Sometimes it's just the simplest things that can spark something grand. (You can read more about the history of the RHS here.)

Today, the Red Hat Society is one of the largest women's social organizations in the world, and women are still giving each other the gift of the hat, both literally and figuratively. Some women are so excited about their experiences in the Sisterhood, that they purchase a "Gift of Membership"  so their friends and family members can play along with them, and others actually provide their friends with the red and purple or pink and lavender regalia in the hopes of inspiring these women to play with them. 

Queen Jo Ann of the Delightful Dizzy Dames recently shared her story with Hatquarters when she renewed her Chapter. This Queen had a friend named Sandra who was so proactive in her efforts to get Jo Ann to join the Sisterhood, that she sent her an outfit, a hat, a purse, a wallet and a key chain. Upon receiving this package, Jo Ann called the Hatquarters of the Red Hat Society to learn more about the Sisterhood, and she was inspired to start her own Chapter right then and there. 

"The Red Hat Society has so much to offer any woman, and it's the best medicine you can get. I am proud to say that I have had anywhere from 53 to 29 registered Members in my Chapter! Because of the Red Hat Society, I live a very full life and doctors feel that I am doing great because I am so positive about my life," Jo Ann said.

Jo Ann is now an Ambassador in the Red Hat Society, because she loves to share the message of the Sisterhood with everyone she meets! "Here's to all the beautiful ladies waiting to hear about the Red Hat Society and all the fun we are going to have!" 

Thank you for continuing to share the hat with every woman you meet Queen Jo Ann! The Sisterhood truly is the gift that keeps on giving! 

Have you give or received the Gift of Membership recently? We would love to hear your story! Please send it to Stories@redhatsociety.com. 

Friday, May 18, 2012

A Red Hat Arabian Extravaganza In Canada

When this story came into Hatquarters, we knew it was the perfect blog story, because the pictures are amazing! Members of the Red Hat Society have the freedom to participate in any Chapter activity they choose to. They simply watch the Events Calendar for events in their area, and some women even plan trips to attend out-of-state events, because the options to play in the Red Hat Society are endless!

Queen Jan of the Divas of Ancaster (Ontario, Canada) sent in this brief recap of a fun-filled weekend event, which was hosted by Queen Eleanor and her Happy Hatters Chapter in Ontario, Canada. You can see just how much fun these ladies had in the pictures she submitted.

"Queen Eleanor and her Happy Red Hatters Chapter hosted Red and Pink Hatters from all across Ontario in an enjoyable weekend.

Highlights included Mayor John Henry welcoming the ladies to his city on Friday night, and evening entertainment of professional belly dancers and great music. 

The costumes the Red Hat Ladies wore were awesome, and fun and memories were made during this weekend with our Red Hat Society Sisters!"

What a cute idea Queen Eleanor and her Happy Red Hatters came up with! Thank you for sharing this story and these wonderful pictures, Queen Jan!

You should take a look at what we have coming up at our Golden Age of Glamour International Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.  This is sure to be the most glamorous convention hosted by The Red Hat Society, and we are pulling out all the stops. Not only is weekend going to take place in one of the most beautiful hotels on the strip, the Paris Hotel Las Vegas, but we are going to have paparazzi, a red carpet, fabulous entertainment, our own shopping district and so much more! Click here for the full agenda. 

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

DIY "Poof-a-licious" Boa Wreath

This "Poof-a-licious" boa wreath is one of the most versatile DIY creations we have made! It was designed to simply be a wreath, but when we were showing it off at Hatquarters, women were saying that they would wear it as a hat, or they would use it as a centerpiece. This wreath is so easy and quick to assemble, that you can make them for your next gathering or you create several and give them to your Sisters or Chapterettes for the holidays.

What you'll need:
-A 12" Diameter Styrofoam wreath
-A feather boa
-A hot glue gun

How to make this wreath:
-Glue one edge of the feather boa to the Styrofoam wreath and let it cool.
-Begin to wrap the feather boa around the Styrofoam
-Wrap it until you have used the whole boa (The more you overlap, the bigger and poofier it is!)
-Glue the remaining end of the boat to the wreath.
-Cut 24" of ribbon and loop it around your boa and tie it in bow.

There you have it! A "Poof-alicious" feather boa wreath. If you want to wear it as a hat you can eliminate the ribbon and just place it on your head. (Maybe add a bit of bling to it!) To create a table centerpiece, just place the wreath on your table and place a glass vase in the center of it. You can fill the vase with beads, water and a floating candle, or some fun red and purple decorations.

If you come up with a fun way to use this boa wreath, please be sure to share it with us. You can post a picture on our Facebook or email it to Stories@redhatsociety.com 

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Curly Cue Conversations Starters

Looking for a fun way to break the ice at an upcoming Chapter activity? We have the perfect thing for you: The Curly Cue Conversation Starter Bowl. This activity is so easy, and it will definitely get your ladies chatting!

What you need:
Decorative Bowl
Construction Paper
Paper Cutter (Optional)

How to assemble:
-Come up with questions that will help you and your Sisters get to know each other better. Here are a few questions to get you going:

What made you join the Red Hat Society?
What has been your favorite Chapter event?
Everyone share what your favorite piece of bling is!
Which of your hats means the most to you and why?
Say something nice to the person to the left of you.
Give some advice to the newest Member of the Chapter.

-Find a decorative bowl that you would like to keep the conversation starters in.
-Cut your construction paper into about 1/2 inch strips.
-Write your questions on your strips of papers.
-Curl them and place them in the bowl.

Create as many curly cues as you would like and be sure to take them to all of your activities. Share your questions and photos with us by either emailing them to Stories@redhatsociety.com or posting them on our Facebook Page.

If you  have other Chapter activities that you would like to share with us, please feel free. We would love to see your comments and ideas.

Happy Hatting!

Hatting In The Family

The theme for the month of May is "Generations of Hatters." The Red Hat Society unites women around the world in a Sisterhood that is best defined as magical, uplifting and just plain fun! Although there are many reasons women are inspired to join the Society, we find that a lot of women are sharing the Magic in the Hat with their close female relatives, and it has allowed them to bond and gain experiences that they otherwise might never have had the opportunity to. These women do things like travel around the world to meet other Hatters. They try new activities like dragon boat racing and belly dancing, and best of all, they dress in red and purple and pink and lavender, and they bask in the attention from onlookers as they share genuine moments of fun and friendship. 

Other women have found inspiration to join the Society from the memories of loved ones passed. This story was submitted to Hatquarters by Judy, a.k.a. Princess Margueritte of the Red Flair Ladies, and it was included in the last issue of the Red Hat Society's quarterly publication: Red Hatter Matters. It was such a touching story that we wanted to share it with you here. When Judy saw this article in the magazine, she sent Hatquarters an email saying that she was going to frame the article and share it with her daughters and granddaughters to continue the Legacy of Hatting in her family.

Red Hatter Matters is a wonderful quarterly magazine created by The Red Hat Society. In it you will find plenty of stories about Hatters, stories about events that have taken place in the Sisterhood, and you get a glimpse of events that are coming soon. This is an online publication, and it is available on The Red Hat Society's website under the Fun Stuff tab. You can look for the next issue to come out on May 21st!

If you have family members Hatting with you in the Sisterhood, please share your stories and photos with us at Stories@redhatsociety.com so we can include them in an upcoming Friday Broadcast.

Do you have a family member that you think would be perfect for The Red Hat Society? You might want to consider giving her a Gift of Membership. With so many wonderful things taking place in the Sisterhood, it's the gift that keeps on giving! Be sure to visit our website and LIKE us on Facebook to get an inside look at the Sisterhood!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend!

We Hatters love our treats, and when they come packaged in an adorable box with a sweet note, our treats become a feast for the eyes, the soul and best of all the taste buds!

So feast your eyes on the latest addition to the printable family: Diamond Boxes. These cute boxes come in a variety of patterns and colors, and they are located on the Fun Stuff tab of the Red Hat Society's website. There are even pre-made tags that you can print and attach to them!

These Diamond Boxes would make excellent party favors, decorations, place holders, or they could just be a sweet surprise for your Sisters and friends at your next Chapter outing.

Now, let's show you how to assemble these boxes!

What you'll need:
- A Color Printer
- Card stock Paper
- Scissors
- A Glue Stick
- Tape
- Candy

Choose and print the box design and tags you would like to use.
Step 1: Cut out your tags.
Step 2: Cut out your box design. (Only cut along the outer edge. Do not cut the dotted lines.)
Step 3: Observe the dotted lines on the design. These are your fold lines.
Step 4: Fold all of the tabs under. (There will be no tabs exposed on the box.)
Step 5: Begin to fold along the dotted lines. You will see your box start to take shape.
Step 6: Cut and separate the only v-shaped connected tab.
Step 7: Look for the triangle with two tabs. You will not glue these tabs.
Step 8: Add glue to the remaining tabs.
Step 9: Attached them to the inside of the box walls that line up with them when folded, and wait a few minutes for the glue to dry.
Step 10: Add your candies.
Step 11: Fold the white edge of the tag and tape to wall of the remaining open triangle.
Step 12: Fold the last triangle down and tape to secure the box.

There you have it ladies! The assembly of this box is much simpler than it looks here. Have fun with these treat boxes, and remember that there's a bit of RHS Magic in every one of them!

This item is just one of the many free printables available to RHS Members. If you are interested in joining the Red Hat Society, please click here to learn how you can do so today! If you would like to get an inside view of the Red Hat Society before joining, check out our Facebook Page and previous blog posts!