Tuesday, June 26, 2012

RHS Purse Envelopes

In the world of Hatting, accessories and bling are everything. We love to "redify," "pinkify" and bling-out anything we can get our hands on. With this in mind, the Red Hat Society has created several free printables available exclusively to RHS Queens and Members to help them add a bit of pizzazz to any activities or events they may be hosting. These items are available under the Fun Stuff tab of the Red Hat Society website

This week, we are featuring the Printable RHS Purses available on the Party Favors Section of the Printables area. These cute purses are perfect for event invitations, special notes or cards for your Sisters, and they serve as great packaging for Chapter information for prospective Hatters in your area. Keep reading to learn how to assemble them! 
What you need: 
-Choose the purse designs you like and print out however many you will need.

How to assemble: 
1. Cut out your purses. (Stay along the perimeter. Do not cut any of the dotted lines.)
2. Fold the bottom half first. 
3. Fold the side tabs along the dotted lines, which should resemble an accordion. This will make the envelope expandable to store many items. 
4. Poke holes in the "x's" along the fold of the top flap. 
5. String your ribbon through the hole to create the handle.
6. Tie a knot at each end of the ribbon on the inside of the envelop to secure the handle
7. Glue the edge of accordion shaped tabs to the folded bottom tab to close the envelope.

There you have it! Your absolutely adorable Printable RHS Envelopes

Not a Member of the Red Hat Society? We want to get to know you too! Click to here to learn how you can become a Queen of your own Chapter or a Supporting Member in the Sisterhood so you too can access these fabulous items.   


Thursday, June 21, 2012

No cake stand? No problem!

Has anyone tried the recipes that were featured in the Eat Dessert First post? Earlier this month, when we asked Hatters to share their favorite recipes with us, we received a few responses from women who told us that they were not so great in the kitchen, but they were experts at finding the best cakes and desserts in town.

Hey, baking is not for everyone, but that doesn't mean we can't be crafty and original with the presentation of  our store-bought goodies! Of course, you can just display your cakes and pies on the the cardboard or tins that they originally come with, but if you have a bit of extra time, here's a great way to make your own cake stand.

What You Need:
- A thick wine glass (not one of your best glasses)
- A clear plate
- Some super glue

We got the plate, wine glass and super glue from the local dollar store.

How to assemble:
Flip the wine glass upside down, and put plenty of super glue on the bottom of the glass. Center the plate over the bottom of the glass and set it right on top of the glue. Allow it to dry for about 10 minutes.

Top it of with your favorite dessert and you have a fabulous display! This gives a whole new meaning to the phrase: "I made it myself!"

What do you think?
Ladies we want to hear from you! Do you have any "Do It Yourself" ideas that you would like to share with us? Do you have any suggestion of crafts that you would like to see on the blog? Just let us know! Either leave us a comment below, or send us an email to Stories@redhatsociety.com.

Stay tuned for our upcoming Golden Age of Glamour Hairstyle post and a fabulous way to "Hatify" your drinks!

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Eat Dessert First!

This month, the Red Hat Society has been all about our motto of eating dessert first! In our weekly publication, The Friday Broadcast, we have asked Hatters to share with us some recipes that they love, and they have really given us some great ideas!

Here are a few of the recipes they have shared with us!

Pineapple Cake
Queen Virginia of the Happy Hatter's Chapter
North Carolina, United States

“My favorite cake is a Pineapple Cake, which is so simple and easy to make that it is almost unbelievable." 

What you need: 
One box of Angel Food Cake Mix
One can crushed pineapple
Cool Whip (Optional)

Preheat the oven to 350°
Make the cake mix according to the box instructions. Add the pineapple, mix well and bake in sheet cake pan for appox. 30 min. Top with Cool Whip if desired.” 

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Squares
Susan of the Twilight Red Hatters Chapter 
Maryland, United States

What you need:  
2 Packages crescent rolls (I use reduced fat) 
2 8-ounce packages of cream cheese, softened (I use non fat or low fat)
1 1/4 teaspoon vanilla 
1 cup sugar (I sometimes use the Splenda baking blend)
1 egg yolk (save the white)

1 egg white
Cinnamon sugar - mix 1/2 cup sugar with 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven at 350°
Unroll one package of crescent rolls into bottom of greased 9 x 13 baking dish (metal or glass). Be sure to press the edges together. Use a mixer to combine cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and egg yolk. Spread mixture over crescent rolls. Roll out the second package of crescent rolls over the cream cheese mixture. Beat the egg white and spread over the top. Then sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar mixture. Bake for 30 minutes. Cool in refrigerator before cutting into squares. (I’ve been told that these are also good served warm.) I keep them refrigerated because of the cream cheese. These also freeze well. 

Makes 24 2”x2” squares.

If you have a recipe that you would like to share, please send it to Stories@redhatsociety.com and we would love to share it with the Hatters! 

Thursday, June 14, 2012

A LUSH Adventure

In the Red Hat Society, we like to think that one of the most incredible aspects of the Sisterhood is its ability to pull women out of the routine that can become everyday life and transport them to world where fun, friendship and adventure are of the utmost importance. In this world, Scarlet Sparkles and the "Magic in the Hat" are very real occurrences. Just visit our Facebook page or the Members-only Queens and Members Board to see Hatters in action and get a taste of the magic that unites women around the world!

We especially love to read all of the fun stories that come into Hatquarters, because we get to experience the Sisterhood through the wonderful words that Hatters share with us.This week, Queen of Jean, Norma, took us on a little adventure with her Cardinal C's Chapter of British Columbia, Canada, and we wanted to share it with you.

Every year, these Canadian Hatters take what they call a Ladies Ultra Short Holiday. This was their third year hosting this event, and they chose to spend it in the historic downtown area of Victoria, BC.

"We accomplished so many sight-seeing firsts in our three day holiday- it's hard to choose the ones we enjoyed the most!" Queen Norma said.

The ladies took a tour of the Parliament Buildings and they spoke with Mary Ellen Smith, the first woman to both be elected into the BC Government and sit in the Provincial Legislature in 1918. Now it's not uncommon for Hatters to attract attention wherever they go, so it was no surprise that these ladies were filmed by a local cable company at the entrance of the Parliament Buildings to be included in a music video.

The ladies also visited the Butterfly Gardens where they realized that their bright regalia not only attracted the attention of passers-by, but it really drew the butterflies to them. In fact, some butterflies would land on their hats and ride around with the Hatters for a bit.

Their final challenge of the weekend was to find a park bench that would accommodate all of the Cardinal C's. How many can you fit on bench? Apparently, nine!  

Thank you for sharing this wonderful story Queen Norma! It's always exciting to read about the many adventures Hatters embark on with their Sisters!

Do you have a story that you would like to share? Please send it to Stories@redhatsociety.com.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

A Sweet Display

Hatquarters recently received some questions about how to assemble the printable Candy Boxes available on the RHS website under the Fun Stuff tab. We love getting questions like this, because it shows us that you are using the printables available to you! After learning how to take advantage of these downloadables, we would really love to see how you are displaying or using these free items in your everyday Hativities! You can send your photos to Stories@redhatsociety.com, or you can post them on the Red Hat Society's Facebook Page.

Now let's talk Candy Boxes:
The Candy Boxes are a bit tricky, because they are actually meant to be a display for bags of goodies. You can use candy, popcorn, trail mix, or maybe some puppy chow. (If you've never heard of puppy chow, look it up, it's delicious and would be a sweet treat for your next Chapter outing!) 

What you need:
Print-out of the Candy Boxes
Bag of goodies

Assembly of these items is really simple and quick, which is perfect when preparing for a gathering! All you have to do is cut out the displays you would like to use and tape the two ends together. Top them off with the bags of goodies, and you will have a really cute RHS inspired display. 

If you would like to see how to assemble and display other free RHS printables like the tea covers, candy wrappers and cupcake covers, take a look at this previous Red Hat Chat post.

Printables are available exclusively to Queens and Members of the Red Hat Society. If you would like to learn how to become a Member of one of the largest women's social organizations in the world, check out our new Join Us pages!! Also, be sure to LIKE our Facebook page to interact with us daily! 


Thursday, June 7, 2012

A New Take On The Golden Age of Glamour!

The theme for 2012 is "The Stars Among Us," and as part of this theme, The Red Hat Society asked Hatters to find inspiration in the Golden Age of Glamour, which happens to be the name of this year's international convention, coming up in a few weeks. Throughout the year, Hatters have hosted outings and submitted photos of themselves dressed as their favorite classic Hollywood starlets, including: Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Natalie Wood, Liz Taylor, Cher, Rita Hayworth and Kate Jackson... just to name a few!!

This week, Dame Jean Marie and her Exalted Scarlet Dames Chapter (California, United States), took the Golden Age of Glamour way back to the Hellenistic Era when they hosted a Red Hat Bus Trip to see Cleopatra at the California Science Center. The pictures say 1,000 words, and this looked like a really fun trip! The ladies even enjoyed a fun "Cleopatra Catwalk Strut," as they danced down the aisle of the bus.

Left: Dame Jean Marie and her Vice Queen Marcia 
Below: The Hatters on the bus. 
"To answer an Age Old Secret, Cleopatra was a Red Hatter, and from the many Red Hatters on this bus trip, one could not prove otherwise," Dame Jean Marie said. 

You ladies look fabulous!! Pictures like these are getting everyone so excited for the wonderful costumes we will see at the Golden Age of Glamour International Convention taking place at the end of the month! We can't wait to see you all at the Paris  Las Vegas Hotel!

To learn more about the events happening in the Sisterhood, visit the Red Hat Society website and click on the Events tab.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Bottoms Up!

If you have a wine glass in your house, then you have 1/3 of the items necessary to make this "Winederful" Centerpiece for your next Chapter gathering! We love to find quick and easy ways to jazz up your decor, and this was so simple that we had to share it! 

What you need: 
A wine glass
A fake flower
A candle

Simply place the flower on your table in which ever direction you would like it to face your guests. Then,  place the wine glass upside down over the flower, and top it off with the candle. 

This centerpiece was only $3 to make! If you don't have wine glasses, you can go to your local dollar store, and they should have a variety for you to choose from. 

Ladies, we want you to get creative with this one! You can put anything from feathers, to bling, to RHS figurines and kazoos under the cup. On top you can display a decorative candle, one of the RHS Paper Dolls, a bowl with some candy or bling, or you might be able to drape a boa over it.  

We would love to see what you come up with! If you recreate this post, please submit photos to Stories@redhatsociety.com.  If you have a craft that you would like us to feature, please share email those as well! 

Friday, June 1, 2012

DIY Card Hat

We love when Hatters share ideas with us! This cute "DIY Card Hat"  idea was submitted by Queen Mum Cheryl of the Red Hat Snappers Chapter (Vancouver, Canada). We saw these hats in some photos in a story she submitted around the holidays earlier this year, and Queen Cheryl graciously took photos of the process and sent in the instructions so we could share the idea with you.

"This card hat can be used for years and will fold up for storage," Queen Mum Cheryl said. 
Enjoy and Happy Hatting from your Red Hat Sisters in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada!

What You Need:
-Scissors (Straight edge or serrated) 
-2 pieces of cardboard to make patterns (4 1/4" tall x 3 3/4" wide) and (5"tall x 3 3/4" wide) 
-12 cards (You can use holiday cards or some of the free printable RHS Cards located in Fun Stuff)
How To Assemble:
Step 1: Measure and cut patterns from the cardboard. Note: There are two sizes provided for your choice. Your hats could be made with:
A) 12 short pieces
B) 10 short pieces and two tall pieces in front and back
C) 12 tall pieces

Step 2: Using the patter(s) of your choice, trace them in pencil on 12 card fronts.  

Step 3: Cut out each traced piece (using serrated scissors gives a better overall look to the finished hat).
Set the two pieces you wish to use for the front and back aside.  

Step 4: Fold each of the ten remaining pieces. With the picture facing you, bring the two sides together fold down the center vertically so that the fold faces away from you. 

Step 5: Sharpen the fold by running the flat end of the ruler or your finger nail along the fold. 

Step 6: Assembly: Retrieve the front and back pieces, which are still flat. Staple one side of a folded card to one side of the flat front piece joining them from the side point to the bottom. This will take about 2 to 3 staples placed about 1/4" from the edge. The seam should face out toward you. 

Step 7: Take four more folded pieces and continue stapling them each to the previous one.

Step 8: Take the back flat pieces and staple it the same way to the previous folded piece. 

Step 9: Staple the remaining five folded pieces to the other side joining the front and back pieces. Remember to staple all of the pieces so the seams face outward. 

The finished product on Queen Mum Cheryl and Lady Giggles:

Special Tips: 
- Hats can be made larger or smaller by adding or deleting pieces. Just make sure they have the same number of pieces on each side.
- If you don't have enough cards to start with, hats can be made with construction paper, or you can purchase inexpensive cards at the dollar store. 

- You can make glue decorations like bling and feathers to your hats to jazz them up.

- This makes a fun craft get-together with your Sisters and friends, and as you have no doubt gathered by now, we are only limited by our imaginations- anything goes! 

Thank you for sharing this cute idea Queen Mum Cheryl! If you have a fun craft that you would like to share, please send it to Stories@redhatsociety.com, and pictures would be greatly appreciated. If you are interested in more activities like this, be sure to take a look at our Activities Collection