Thursday, October 31, 2013

Spooktacular Photo Roundup

We've got a fun roundup for the month of October! This year, we hosted our 2nd Annual Virtual Costume Party and Contest on Facebook, and we asked Hatters to submit their photos for a contest judged by our Social Butterflies Joann and Susan. This coupled with the fact that we receive at least 50 or more photos from Hatters each month, resulted in 17 collages and  136 photos.

Thank you to everyone who participated. We hope you enjoy these collages as much as we enjoyed creating them. Also, be sure to look for the announcement of the contest winners on Facebook on Monday. 






 























Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Your Last-Minute DIY Costume Guide

Did you recently get invited to a costume party or decide that you actually want to dress up for Halloween (which is just TWO days away)? Don't get stuck at a crowded store, when you could have all the items to whip up a fabulous costume right at home. To make life a bit easier, we did some legwork on Pinterest and pulled these five costumes that are easy, inexpensive and can be put together in a pinch. Best of all, we are going to tell you how to put an RHS spin on these costumes so you can be included in the RHS Virtual Halloween Costume Party and Contest on Facebook on Thursday. Enjoy! 

      Tissue Box- If you can get your hands on a large square box, cut a hole for your head at the top of the box,
holes for your arms at the side of the box and a hole for your body at the bottom of the box. Then wrap the box with some decorative wrapping paper, and write the words Tissue or Kleenex on the front. Finally, glue some sheets of tissue paper around the hole where your head will be. RHS Spin: Wrap it in red or pink paper and use purple or lavender gift tissue paper.


Lego- Find a large rectangular box and cut a hole for your head at the top of the box, holes for your arms at the side of the box and a hole for your body at the bottom of the box. Glue six paper bowls to the box lengthwise in two rows of three. Allow the bowls to adhere to the box and spray paint the whole thing one color. Once it dries, you can write the word Lego on the bowls. RHS Spin: Paint the lego red, purple, pink or lavender. Get a Chapterette to do this with you so you can be red and she can be purple, or vice versa.


 
Gift- Find a large square box, cut a hole for your head at the top of the box, holes for your arms at the side of the box and a hole for your body at the bottom of the box. Wrap the box in wrapping paper of your choice. To finish the look place the biggest bow you can find on your head. RHS Spin: Use Red Hat wrapping paper, and wear a red or pink bow on your head.



        Grapes- Choose and old purple, red or brown outfit that you don’t mind getting rid of. Blow up several large purple, red, black or green balloons and attach them to your shirt with a needle and some thread. As a finishing touch, place some vines and leaves in your hair.


Jelly Beans
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Take large clear trash bag, and cut holes in the bottom of the bag for your legs. Blow up several multi-colored balloons to fill the bag around your body. Be sure to wear bright clothes to match the jelly beans. Step into the bag and fill the balloons in around your body leaving enough room to cinch the bag at your neck with some ribbon. Finally, print out a Jelly Belly logo or create your own special jelly bean logo, and print it to include inside the bag at the front of your costume. RHS Spin: Create a bag of red, purple, pink and lavender jelly beans, and use a red ribbon close the bag.       


     
      There you have it! Aren’t these ideas fun? If you are dressing up for Halloween, be sure to share your pictures with us on Facebook, and join us there on Thursday, October 31st for our 2nd Annual Virtual Costume Party and Contest. Three costumed Hatters will be selected and featured in next week's Friday Broadcast weekly newsletter and the next issue of the Red Hat Society's quarterly e-magazine: Red Hatter Matters






Thursday, October 24, 2013

Queen Josie Jazzes Up The Legacy Hat Part 2

A few weeks ago, Queen Josie and several Members of the Victorian Red Hatters (California, United States) popped into Hatquarters with completely re-vamped Legacy Hats that made our mouths drop. The Legacy Hats are the new hats new Members of the Red Hat Society receive with their Membership kit when they join the Sisterhood.

Queen Josie was kind enough to not only create these new looks, but she photographed the process to share with the Sisterhood. Would you believe us if we told you she created a total of 25 looks with one hat? We were amazed at her creativity, but because we didn't want this post to be too long, we decided to split it into two parts. 

We posted the first 11 looks here last week. Below are the final looks Queen Josie created. Enjoy!  





















Look 1:
Looks 1 and 2 show how different the Legacy Hat can look with some simple folds.

Look 2: 


Look 3: 
Here, Queen Josie added some extravagant feathers and a fascinator for a dramatic look.


Look 4: 
This look is perfect for Hatters with short hair. The scarf is tied in a bow close to the shoulder, and it gives off the side bun effect. 

Look 5: 
Looks 5-10 illustrate how ornate headbands and fascinators can make a real difference when paired with a simple hat.  

Look 6: 


Look 7: 


Look 8: 


Look 9: 


Look 10: 


Look 11: 
Here, Queen Josie detached the brim from the hat and hot glued a feather boa to it. She then glued a sequined ribbon around the crown of the hat. In the looks that follow, Queen Josie shows how the placement of the brim on the hat and the addition of various fascinators can really change the look.  


Look 12: 


Look 13: 


Look 14: 


We hope you enjoy these new ideas for the Legacy Hat, and we have to send a very special thank you to Queen Josie for taking the time to share them! They are fabulous!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Think Pink!



Host a Pink Party

Did you know the Red Hat Society is for women of all ages? We are a Sisterhood of women who come from all walks of life and share the common desire to celebrate each day through fun and friendship. Our Members age 50 and above wear the traditional red hat and purple regalia, while our Members who have not yet reached their magical 50th birthday wear pink hats and lavender regalia. 

The month of October is dedicated to the wonderful Pink Hatters in the Sisterhood, and we are encouraging Hatters everywhere to Think Pink! One fun way to do this is to host a Pink Party. 

Whether you are a Pink Hat Queen, you have Pink Hatters in your Chapter, or if there are Pinkie-aged women you would like to introduce to the Sisterhood, this is a fun way to get go pink. Below are some ideas shared by Hatters to help you prepare for your Pink Party:


Decorations you could use:                    Food Ideas:
Pink streamers                                           Cupcakes and sugar cookies with pink frosting
Pink plates                                                 Cream Cheese (with red food color) and cucumber sandwiches
Pink or white napkins                                 Pink lemonade or Strawberry milk
Pink or white forks                                     Fruit Cocktail mixed with Cool Whip (with red food color)
Lavender colored ribbon                            Watermelon, Strawberries and Pink grapefruit
Pink tablecloths                                          Smoked salmon sandwiches
Pink straws                                                 Pink mashed potatoes (with red food color)
Pink balloons                                              Salad with a Raspberry vinaigrette
Pink Printable Photo Props                         Strawberry Jell-o salad  
Pink Printable Party Favors                         Pink Champagne     

Looking for a fun activity? Try painting pumpkins! Not only is it a perfect activity for the season, but it’s a fun, inexpensive, and it’s something the women can display long after the party had ended.

How are you going to Think Pink this month? Share your ideas with us at Stories@RedHatSociety.com.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Queen Josie Jazzes Up The Legacy Hat

A few weeks ago, Queen Josie and several Members of the Victorian Red Hatters (California, United States) popped into Hatquarters with completely re-vamped Legacy Hats that made our mouths drop. The Legacy Hats are the new hats new Members of the Red Hat Society receive with their Membership kit when they join the Sisterhood.

Queen Josie was kind enough to not only create these new looks, but she photographed the process to share with the Sisterhood. Would you believe us if we told you she created a total of 25 looks with one hat? We were amazed at her creativity, but because we didn't want this post to be too long, we decided to split it into two parts. The second part will be posted next week.

 Look 1:
In this look Queen Josie scrunched up and pinned the top of the hat. She then added a sequined red ribbon around the brim, some red feathers, and a purple bow for embellishment. To make it wearable, she attached it to a headband.

Look 2:
Here, Queen Josie demonstrated the many ways you can fold a hat and give it a completely different look. 



Look 3: 
Of course, we Hatters love our sequins, so Queen Josie took the first fold in Look 2 and added sequined ribbon and a red sequined flower to the front. 
Look 4: 
In this look, Queen Josie added red feathers to the style above. 

Look 5:
This look features a fuller red cloth flower.

Look 6:
In this photo, Queen Josie swapped out the red sequined ribbon and used a thick crystal sequined ribbon. She folded the ribbon over the edge of the brim, and wrapped two strands around the hat. To finish the look, she cut four squares of the ribbon and attached them to the disconnected edges.


Look 7:
Of course, you can never have too much bling! Here, Queen Josie attached a statement bling flower. 

Look 8:
It's amazing how a little change makes a huge difference.Here, she swapped the bling flower for a large red flower. 

Look 9:
For the final look, Queen Josie attached red feathers, which draped over the side of the hat.

Can you believe we have 14 more looks to share with you? We will do a continuation of this post next Thursday. We hope you enjoy these new ideas for the Legacy Hat, and we have to send a very special thank you to Queen Josie for taking the time to share them! They are fabulous!