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
"QUEEN OF THE PLEASANTS"
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!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

RHS Shadow Box

Ladies, it's time to get ready for some "Southern HospitaliTEA" Hatters' style! The location for the 2013 International Convention has been announced and the winner is: Atlanta, Georgia. From April 25 - 28th, we are going to transform "Hotlanta" into "HATlanta" in a weekend of fun and friendship. This convention is going to be extra special because we are celebrating our 15th Birthday "Under The Sea" on April 25 in an extra day convention package at the Georgia Aquarium.

April is 10 months away and we wanted to give you a cute and fun idea for saving your money to attend the event.

A Southern HospitaliTEA Shadow Box

What you need:
-A Shadow Box (Any color)
-Click here to print the "Southern HospitaliTEA Shadow Box" image.
-Scissors
-Tape

How to Assemble:
-Print and cut out the Southern HospitaliTEA logo
-Tape it to the inside of the back piece of the frame so it's visible when you are looking at the frame.

There you have it! Your Southern HospitaliTEA Shadow Box. Now, whenever you have extra money in your purse or your pockets at the end of the day, place it in the shadow box. Before you know it, you will have your registration or spending money for the 2013 International Convention.

You can also create a Shadow Box for the London New Year's Parade Trip in December. Deposits to secure your spot for this once-in-a-lifetime trip are due by July 31st, and the Red Hat Society will gladly work out a payment plan to help you complete payments by the final due date in October.


Want stay up to date on all of the events taking place in the Red Hat Society? 
Be sure to visit our website: www.redhatsociety.com and click on the Events tab to see the many events we have coming up this year.


Friday, July 6, 2012

Put A Hat On It!


"Oh darn, there's a bug in my drink!" When the weather is perfect, there is nothing better than a Chapter activity outdoors. Of course, all of the critters and bugs in the area love outdoor parties just as much as we do, and they always seem to find their way onto our plates and sometimes in our drinks! Fret no more, ladies! We have the perfect solve for your bug-in-drink issues: Put a hat on it!

This is the Red Hat Society! We always think outside the Hatbox! Besides... lids are boring, and they are nowhere near as darling as a hat covered cup. These are a perfect way to spruce up the decor at your next outdoor Chapter outing, and we guarantee that your Sisters will love it!

What you need:
-Felt- Red, Purple (for the birthday girls), and Pink
-Ribbon- any color
-Scissors
-Rubberband
-X-Acto knife
-Straw

How to assemble:
If you are making several cups covers, the easiest way to do this is to create a template.
-Cut your felt into a large circle. (About triple the diameter of the top of the cup.)
-Place the fabric over the cup. There should be plenty of fabric hanging over the rim.
-Hold in place with a tight rubberband.
-Adjust the fabric to resemble a hat brim
-Cut a small hole in the top for the straw

There you have it! Your very own Hat Drink Cover. You can also use a permanent marker to personalize the felt covers for your ladies!

Please share!
Are you a crafty Hatter with some great blog ideas? We would love for you to send your ideas and photos so we can share them with the Sisterhood! Simply email them to Stories@RedHatSociety.com with the title Red Hat Chat, and we will let you know as soon as your post goes up!

All Are Welcome
Are you standing on the sidelines waiting for a reason to join the Sisterhood? Maybe you are not 50, or you are not quite ready to go all out in RHS regalia? Just like hats, Hatters come in all shapes, sizes and styles, and our only requirement is that you have to be ready to have fun! Our Queens and Members who are not yet 50 are called Pink Hatters, and they are the Ladies In Waiting for their magical 50th Birthday. This ladies can be seen wearing pink on their heads and lavender clothing. There are no rules when it comes to dressing up. We just want every Member to have a great time, enjoy life and make some amazing friends.
Take a look at our Facebook page to see the Sisterhood in action! Click here to learn how you can  join today!



Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Your Chapter Activity Jar!

Here is a great way to add a bit of spontaneity to your Chapter events. If you are creating a calendar of events for the next few months, or even the year, gather with your Chapterettes and collectively come up with some activities that you would like to participate in.

Once you have compiled a list, write each activity on a Popsicle stick and place them in a jar. Each month, choose one person to draw a stick from the vase to find out what activity you and your Chapterettes will be participating in. Make the jar even more festive with red and purple sticks, and be sure to keep a few extras in there in case you come up with some events to add.

Here's a list of some activities to get you started:
Backyard BBQ
Scavenger Hunt
Slumber Party
Pajama Party
Potluck
Dinner and A Movie
Mini Golf
Red Hat Trivia
Hat Decorating Party
Craft Party

This idea is perfect for new Queens in the Sisterhood who are trying to come up with some fun ideas for their Chapterettes. Be sure to take a look at the Activities Collection and the Fun Stuff tab on the Red Hat Society's website for some other great ideas and tips.

These are just some examples of the many exciting activities Red and Pink Hatters participate in every day. Are you interested in becoming a Queen or Member of the Red Hat Society so you can join in on the fun? Click here to learn how you can begin Hatting today!