Thursday, August 29, 2013

A Hot Centerpiece Idea From the RHS Store

Did you know that Shopping is the Official Sport of the Red Hat Society? We even have an online Red Hat Society Store filled with licensed merchandise to meet just about every Hatter's needs.

This week, we are excited to share a craft from the Red Hat Society Store's blog that is perfect for for your next RHS outing: the Easy Paper Wrapped Candle.

How cute is that? This candle was crafted using the Fancy Grid Scrapbook Paper, one inch grosgrain red ribbon and a tall candle from the Dollar Store. Want to learn how to assemble it? Click here for complete instructions, as well as several other crafty ideas!

Thanks to the Red Hat Society Store for allowing us to share this quick, simple and stylish candle with the Sisterhood!

Do you have a fun idea to share with us? Be sure to send it to We would love to be able to highlight your creativity.

Not yet Hatting? 
What are you waiting for? The Red Hat Society connects, empowers and transforms the lives of women from all walks of life through the power of fun and friendship. Women of any age are encouraged to join (those under 50 don a pink hat until they "REDuate"), emphasizing the value of cross-generational friendships and mentoring. 

Click here to learn how you can join the fun! 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Red Hat Society's August Photo Round-Up

How quickly times flies! It feels as though we just posted the July Photo Round-Up, yet here we are again with seven brand new photo collages to share with you. 

Each month Red Hat Society Members share hundreds of stories and photos with Hatquarters, and we wish we had enough publications to be able to share every memory with the world. Since that is not possible, each month, we create a photo collage roundup of all of the submissions. We just can't let our Members' beautiful smiles and creativity go unseen.

This month's collages feature photos of the international Sisterhood posted on the Red Hat Society's Facebook Page and submitted via email.  We hope you enjoy the beauty and diversity that is the Red Hat Society!

Not yet Hatting? What are you waiting for? The Red Hat Society connects, empowers and transforms the lives of women from all walks of life through the power of fun and friendship. Women of any age are encouraged to join (those under 50 don a pink hat until they "REDuate"), emphasizing the value of cross-generational friendships and mentoring. 

Click here to learn how you can join the fun! 

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Guest Post: Fun Red Hatter Summer Recipes

From the Queen of Royal Fitness

Summer is a time for having fun - spending time with family and friends at picnics, barbecues or walking on the beach. It's also a time when scrumptious summer fruits and berries are plentiful. Why not get in season with some berries that come in our favorite colors? How about some new and different ways to have fun eating strawberries and blueberries (purple berries)?

Need some encouragement to get your 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 cups of fruit per day? Fruit is naturally low in fat and calories, contains lots of fiber, and is chock-full of vitamins and antioxidant, which may help reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases.

Red Hatter strawberry facts: 

  • They're a member of the rose family
  • They have more vitamin C than an orange
  • They rank among the top 20 fruits in antioxidant capacity 
Red Hatter blueberry facts:

  • They rank the highest of any fruit in antioxidants
  • One cup contains less than 100 calories
  • Eating them has been shown to improve test scores on cognitive function

Here are some new ways to enjoy these nutrition packed berries:

Stawberry Ice Cubes (16 minutes prep)
(recipe from epicurious- Gourmet May 2008)

1lb. Strawberries
1/2 cup Water
1/3 cup Sugar
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • Puree all ingredients in a blender or mixer until smooth
  • Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a measuring cup
  • Pour into ice cube trays and freeze until solid, about 4 hours
Add a strawberry ice cube to a glass of sparkling wine or add 2-3 cubes to a glass of lemonade and enjoy!

Chicken and Blueberry Pasta Salad (30 minutes prep)
(recipe from Eating Well online)

1lb. boneless, skinless chicken (poached, grilled or precooked)
8oz. whole wheat fusilli or radiatore pasta
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 large shallot thinly sliced
1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/3 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
3 tablespoons lime juice
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 tablespoon fresh thyme (or 1 teaspoon dried)
1 teaspoon freshly grated lime zest
1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Shred cooked chicken into bite-sized strips
  • Cook pasta until tender, drain and place in a large bowl 
  • Heat oil and shallot in a small skillet and cook over medium heat, stirring occassionally, until softened and starting to brown (about 2-5 minutes)
  • Add broth, feta cheese and lime juice to the pan and cook until feta begins to melt (about 1-2 minutes)
  • Add the chicken to the bowl of pasta
  • Add the cooked ingredients from the pan
  • Toss in the blueberries, thyme, lime zest and salt
  • Toss until all ingredients are combined
Tip: Can be cooked one day ahead. Refrigerate the pasta/chicken mixture separately from the cooked ingredients. Add the blueberries when you're ready to serve.

Let's have some fun Red Hatters! Try out these recipes and post a picture of yourself in RHS colors with your finished product on the Red Hat Society's Facebook Page. I'll be looking for you!

See you back here next month with more ideas about how to have fun and be healthy.

The Queen of Royal Fitness

In addition to being a RHS Queen, Lorie Eber, JD is a Wellness Coach, Certified Personal Trainer, and Gerontologist. Learn more about her at

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

First Annual Red Hat Mall Crawl In Ottawa Is A Resounding Success

Eighty local Red Hat Society Members strutted their stuff at the first Annual Red Hat Mall Crawl at the Carlingwood Shopping Centre in Ottawa, Canada on August 15 in an event meant to promote awareness and Membership for the Red Hat Society. 

Much to the delight of the many patrons that frequent this mall, the Red Hat Ladies enriched their day with color, conversation and put lots of smiles on many of their faces. They could be seen around every corner and inside all of the many stores, doing what they do best: shopping!

The atmosphere was joyful as the mall filled with spirited, fun-loving women wandering through the mall taking advantage of special offerings, completing quiz sheets related to mall shops, and happily answering the questions from curious onlookers.

At the end of the day, ladies deposited their quiz sheets and are awaiting the call that they have won any number of wonderful prizes. These include gifts from Hallmark Davis Agency and Unique Accessories; gift cards from Carlingwood Shopping Centre, Loblaw’s, Bentley’s and Quilts etc.; a gift certificate from Salon Ravello; a tea service gift basket from Bowring’s; and, from Red Hat Ambassador Barbara Gowan, a gift basket full of red hat paraphernalia.  

Not many outside the Society know that the official sport of the Red Hat Society is Shopping. During the Mall Crawl, Red Hatters were offered discounts at Bee Sweet, Best Sellers, Bowring’s, Claire’s, Cole’s, Kernels, Northern Reflections, Rinaldo’s, Rexall Pharma Plus, Sears, Charms, Coats Co., Grand and Toy, Hallmark Davis Agency, TanJay, Teavana, Unique Accessories and The Body Shop.  Product samples were offered by The Body Shop, Yves Rocher, Laura Secord and the Wine Rack.  While many shops contributed to the success of the day by providing enticing window and store displays, discounts and other special offers, Unique Accessories went above and beyond the call of duty by bringing in spectacular red hats, fascinators, shoe bling, parasols and assorted other treasures to lure the ladies.

Another little known fact is that almost every Red Hat event involves food – Hatters were particularly pleased with the discount provided by the Carlingwood Restaurant and by Treats, who made special red and purple cookies for them. 

Joyce, of the Purple Chiffon Bloomers of Cornwall, said her group had a wonderful day and hoped that the event would reoccur.  Yvonne, Queen of the Red Hottawan Hatters thought “the games were great fun and all of the shopping deals were spectacular and the networking was a super bonus.  It was really nice to be able to put a face to some of the names I have dealt with.”  Jill, Queen of the Renfrew Red Hotters thought the day was “delightful” and “a really great time.”  She and her sister was “excited to have spoken with so many nice people…to dress up in our finery and strut our stuff!”

Sandra Dormer and Barbara Gowan, Ambassadors of the Red Hat Society and the ladies that spear-headed the event, were effusive in their gratitude to Frank Fenn and his staff at Carlingwood Shopping Centre.  Sandra said that “without the incredible support and generosity of the people at the Shopping Centre we would not have been anywhere near as successful. Carlingwood is like a Mecca to many seniors in our community and we were so pleased to bring a little colour to their day.”

Even Ottawa’s mayor, Jim Watson, was in on the event. Though not able to attend, he sent special greetings, congratulating the Red Hat Society for “encouraging women fifty plus to celebrate their age and to participate in activities which promote an active lifestyle and spreading good cheer to others.”

While the official purpose of the Mall Crawl was to increase Membership in the society, which it did, there is an unofficial rule within the Red Hat Society - Hatters only participate in an event if they will have fun at it.  This event met both criteria with resounding success and one thing for sure put a lot of smiles on many of the senior’s faces. For more information about the Society, please visit


Thursday, August 15, 2013

DIY Royal Scepter

Did you know the Red Hat Society is filled with royalty? Yes! Anytime a woman chooses to to open a Chapter she instantly becomes the Queen of her her Queendom and she can either reigns supreme or she can promote her Chapterettes to the roles of Co-Queen and Vice Queen. In fact, every Chapterette gets to choose a Royal Title in the spirit of fun and play. 

Why Queens and royalty? Because as young girls, we fantasize about the idea of living the carefree and whimsical life of a princess complete with fabulous dresses, sparkly tiaras and heel shoes. (Oh, Prince Charming fits in there somewhere too.) 

In the days of yore, the rank of queen was attained through inheritance and/or bloody battles, but these days, in the Red Hat Society, one simply declares oneself Queen and acts the part. 

To celebrate all of the Queens in this fabulous Sisterhood, The Red Hat Society is hosting the Inaugural Royal Court of Queens Event in Newport Beach this September. 

Queens around the world are already preparing their packing lists, and we wanted to share this fun scepter shared on Facebook by Queen Sue of the Red Hat Texas Travelers Chapter (Texas, United States). This scepter was made using a toilet plunger from the 99 Cents store. Can you believe that? 

To make the transformation, Queen Sue wrapped the plunger in ribbon and added hair clips attached to ribbons, feathers, and she even topped it off with a little red hat. 

This scepter is compact and perfect for traveling! Do you have a royal scepter that you have created yourself? Share it with us! We would love to highlight it in the coming weeks. You can send your pictures and instructions to

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Sue's Corner

A message from Red Hat Society Founder and Exalted Queen Mother Sue Ellen Cooper:

Is slowing down as one gets older necessarily a bad thing? An average young person would probably say yes (but that might well be because they haven't taken time - slowed down enough - to think through their answer). It seems that slowing down, for any reason, implies loss of vigor, fatigue or diminished interest or engagement with life. How many active people have you heard declare that they don't plan to ever slow down? (Have you even said it yourself?) But can slowing down be a good thing?

Consider the following experiment, staged by the "Washington Post," which took place a few years ago: One of the greatest living violinists, Joshua Bell, dressed casually (and anonymously) in a baseball cap and nondescript clothing, stood near a post in Washington D.C. Metro station and played hauntingly beautiful music on his violin. Few people stopped to listen, although a few slowed their pace a little, and some dropped dollar bills into the can at his feet. Several children - obviously captivated - tried to pull their hurried parents to stop, but none succeeded. After an hour, Mr. Bell quietly packed up and left the station.

Tickets to hear him play in a concert hall regularly sell for $100. The violin he has been playing was valued at $3,500,000; the music he had chosen was some of the most intricate and demanding ever written. But, because the performance took place in an unexpected, unexceptional venue, nobody slowed down enough to really listen. They just weren't expecting anything special; therefore, they didn't notice it when it was right in front of them. What does that say about the culture of urgency that most of us live with?

Almost all of us - even those of us who are retired - rush around like crazy people, always hurrying on to the next "important" thing. What if we gave a little thought to constructive slowing down, to give ourselves a moment or two to notice, and possibly appreciate the beautiful, the interesting, the unexpected? What you want to bet that it's there?

In the spirit of taking time to appreciate the things that really matter, I would like to make sure every Red Hat Society Member knows how much we at Hatquarters appreciate them. After all, you are the heart and soul of the Society, and every single one of you is special.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Guest Post: HATalk e-magazine

We are very excited to share that Queen MariaBEE, of the Honey Bees in the Hat Chapter (Alberta, Canada) was the lucky winner of HATalk's recent prize draw.To enter the draw to win a year's free subscription to HATalk e-magazine, participants simply had to post a photo of their favorite red or pink hat on

Queen MariaBEE posted this image of herself in a hat, which she made for her Chapter's Christmas party last December.

We love the story behind her gorgeous hat:

"The inspiration for my hat came at a party at my friend's home last November when I started to play with her purple circular place mats. They formed lovely curves as I tugged on and manipulated them. She very graciously gave them to me just to see what would happen to them. I formed them into the shapes I preferred and stapled them to a 6' plastic lid that had been covered with purple fabric. For Christmas, I added poinsettias to the folds. I used four purple mats and two red ones. Because of the weight of the creation, I pinned it securely to a snug fitting wig. As a result, it was easy to wear without fear of it tipping and I don't have to fuss with my hair. It's so much fun to wear and it makes me look taller. 

I make the most of my hats. Last week, I won first prize in our Exhibition and Stampede for a hat I made using two red place mats and a red ostrich boa. I also made what my friends call a 'show-stopping' fascinator after the Royal Wedding. Again, these large creations are attached to wigs. These hats/hatinators could be attached to wide headbands, but being attached to wigs makes them more secure and worry-free."

Congratulations to Queen MariaBEE for winning the HATalk prize draw and for being such a talented hat maker! If you would like to learn how to make you very own hats, subscribe to HATalk e-magazine today. Red Hat society Members pay only $19.95 a year- that's more than $40 off the normal subscription price. 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

RHS Approved Sneaker Wedges

This year, sneaker wedges were all the rage! Just about every designer had a pair of these comfortable heels in their line, and it's no surprise that they made their way into the hot little hands of some of our Hatters. Of course, our ladies know how put Red Hat Society love into just about any piece of fashion and transform it into something fabulous! This week, we are going to share a pair of blinging sneaker wedges that Queen Penny$aver Penny of the Ballantrae Razzel Dazzels Chapter (Ontario, Canada) shared on Facebook.

Here's the Before pic:

And here's the final product:

Do you see the love here?! Queen Penny painted the sneakers red and purple, added rhinestones to the heels and the front of the sneakers and she finished off her transformation with some silver laces. Look how bright and fun they are! We love them!

Ok, Fashionistas! How do you like to transform your clothing to match your personality or an event that you are going to? We would love to see your ideas. Send them to 

Thursday, August 1, 2013

DIY Lampshade Hat

If there's anything that we have learned about Hatters over the past 15 years, it's that they are resourceful! Sometimes, we are just amazed at the things they come up with. Take the Lampshade Hat as an example! This week, Duchess Diva Deb of the Order of the Drama Queens Chapter (California, United States) shared a photo of three beautiful hats that were created from lampshades.

What You Need:
Hot Glue Gun

Although there are no exact instructions for creating a lampshade hat, Duchess Deb did give us some great tips:

"I will say the beige was AWFUL to work with. I covered it in red satin and covered that with red lace," Deb said.

To complete the transformation from lampshade to hat, Duchess Deb glued a headband inside of the shade and added ribbons to the side for a bit of extra security.

Once the base was complete, she embellished it to her liking with a variety of boas, flowers and bling.

Isn't that awesome?! We loved this craft so much that we just had to share it. If you happen to make a lampshade hat of your own, please share your photos and tips with us! We would love to see what you come up with! You can send them to

The Red Hat Society connects, empowers and transforms the lives of women from all walks of life through the power of fun and friendship. Women of any age are encouraged to join (those under 50 don a pink hat until they "REDuate"), emphasizing the value of cross-generational friendships and mentoring. 

Click here to learn how you can join the fun!