Thursday, February 19, 2009

The Red Hat Society

Recently a very dear friend of mine invited me to be her guest at a meeting of the Red Hat Society. As you may already know, the Red Hat Society is an organization for women age 50 and older to just have fun. The meeting was held at a lovely restaurant. I wore a red hat, a purple satin blouse and slacks. I felt very dowdy among the well dressed women that attended the meeting. They were " dressed to the nines." It's unusual for me to feel dowdy as I love bright colors, glitter, and jewelry.

Following the delicious meal (I had crab cakes) and the camaraderie with the other lovely ladies in attendance, I was approached by the stunning Queen Mother. Imagine my elation when the Queen Mother invited me to be a member of this Red Hats Society Chapter. She presented me this beautiful pin.

On Sunday I went to the mall. I was determined that I needed appropriate accessories to wear to the meetings. My first purchase was this lovely pair of glittery red earrings.

I then found this beautiful scarf. I think that it will be stunning with my purple suit.

This beautiful hat is decorated with red and purple feathers. The hat actually makes me feel glamorous.

I like the shape of this hat. It is a little more subdued than the hat decorated with red and purple feathers.
I love this boa made from red and purple feathers. I think that it will jazz up any outfit.

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn't go and doesn't suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I'm tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick the flowers in other people's gardens . . .. . .
But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.


Betty said...

Good for you. I enjoyed the picdtures you have shared with us today. I have thought about joining that but just never did. Somehow, I don't think I would like it, but then you never know.

I hope you have lots of fun with it.

Jill said...

Now you are going to have to take pictures of you and all the other ladies all dressed up! I love when I am driving downtown and see the RED HAT LADIES walking in and out of a restaurant! How much fun!

onlymehere said...

I have seen these ladies out in restaurants before and I soooooo want to be one when I grow up!! They always look like they're having so much fun, not in an obnoxious way, but in a warm funny way if you know what I mean! Good for you for doing something that you want to do and I love your do we get a fashion show?

onlymehere said...

P.S. If you can join when you're 50 then I better hurry and grow up as I'm now 49! LOL! Cindy

Ruthie said...

I've always thought it looked like fun. I haven't had the time to join, tho. Let me know how you like it.

Jeni said...

I was just thinking -now that you are a member of this Society, how about doing a post on how it began -when, where, why, etc.? I've heard a little about it but don't know diddly about the background of the group. And yes, I'm too lazy or busy or whatever, to research it out. But from a member's perspective, I think a post about it would be a neat thing to read. Oh, and congrats on joining this group too. Loved the scarves and other accessories you bought.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sweetie, loved your photos. Yes, those women are serious about the Red Hat Club. I've gone to a few when we go to big rallies in the RV. And it is amazing how creative they get with red and purple. I've seen everything from a red visor with a purple flower on it, to a fashion show. LOL It's a good group to belong to.


♥ Kathy said...

My grandmother was a Red Hat lady :) and I've waited on probably 500 Red Hat ladies over the years in my restaurant work. They always look so lovely and like they're having so much fun! Congrats on your joining! Happy Friday Sweetie ♥

Stacey said...

Sweetie, I've always thought those ladies looked like they were having so much fun! I hope you enjoy it. What could be better than a room full of gabbing women?

debbie said...


Love Bears All Things said...

The first picture is so good. I love that you captured the hats and not the faces.
I have been a member of a Red Hat Society. I formed a club in Huntsville when I was here before. When I moved, I found one to join. I enjoyed being with the ladies although most were 15 to 20 years older than me and we didn't do much other than meet & eat. We lost our Queen Mother and the club fell apart. I would love to get involved with another one here. You will enjoy it so much. I'm so happy that you are getting out and getting involved.
Mama Bear

Raggedy Girl said...

What a really fun thing to do. And I love you red and purple accessories.

Roberta Anne

Princess Of Pink said...

LOVE the hats! And the boa and the pin etc etc .

Your poem reminded of my mom. Whenever we were in a department store she LOVED to turn the hands of the mannequins!! One day she turned a bit too much and she held the arm in her hand, lol!!
She told me, "well I am old(er) so they won't arrest me, will they?" I told her "no mom they won't but please don't take the whole arm off next time" lol!!

Later she suffered from severe dementia and did other things she NEVER would have done, but I always remember her "obsession" with the mannequins hands :)

Nancy said...

Ok, you finally found something we do not have in common, this song. It drives me crazy. LOL.
I have heard about the red hat society, but never attended. I don't think I would like it if they out do each other in clothes.
Take you all dressed up picture so we can see you, I just know you will do them proud.
Love Nancy

Judy said...

I am sure you will be stunning in all your red and purple. Can't wait to see a picture. They are very fortunate to have you in their club.

Smilingsal said...

The red hatters have a blast, and you will enjoy being a part of them.

Cora from Hidden Riches said...

Wish you had posted a picture of yourself all decked out! Can't wait to see you in your new duds! I've always wanted to join a group as it seems they have more fun than a barrel of monkeys!!!! Let us know how it goes!

Lisa said...

I can't wait to read about all of your future red hat fun.

Cherdecor said...

One of my neighbors belongs to the Red Hat Club and she invites me to go along sometimes. It is so fun, but I have never joined. I think you will enjoy being apart of the group.

Sharon said...

My sil has joined the red hatters and she says they have a lot of fun.
glad to hear you joined and I can not wait to hear more about it.
God bless

Neas Nuttiness said...

When I turned 50, I started my own chapter. Too bad that I was the only member:(
Love the hat with the feathers...have fun. Wish I could have fun with you!

Mike Golch said...

Sweetie,just stopped by to return the visit.I like your blog and I'm adding you to my list that I follow.

On a personel note,sorry for the lose of your daughter,I pray that her killer will be caught and brought to justice.

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

Have a wonderful time with the red hat ladies. I never pass up an opportunity to lunch with the girls. I'll have to find a group here.

Bo said...

Hi Sweetie...I know you'll have so much fun in the Red Hat Society...I attended a group for several years until we moved here...haven't pursued another club but I did enjoy the previous one... ;-) Bo

Linda said...

Sweetie, you are going to have such fun...besides lunches I've heard they do lots of neat outings. I love all the pretties you found. Both your hats are gorgeous and I love the boa. hugs, Linda

Neabear said...

I have see Red Hat Ladies here and there. When we visited the Dickens Christmas Faire in San Francisco one year, there was a group there. Looked like they were having a blast. Thank you for your comments on the interview post and the one on Suzie's too. So kind of you.

Anne said...

Good luck with being 'initiated' into the Red Hat Society. What fun this will be for you. I have to say that I love your first hat you picked out with the feathers. The one that makes you feel glamarous but also I think it beautiful. Definitley a show stopper! I loved your poem at the bottom of your post to.

squawmama said...

Hi Sweetie... I am so glad that you have attended and decided to join this social club. It is a wonderful thing for women to belong to... I have attended several meeting and have all the garb but since we travel I am not a member of one. It will be a great time for you... They do some fun things...


Kathy said...

What fun, Sweetie! Your hat and accessories are charming. Congrats on the invitation to join the Red Hats. My mother always loved that poem (and it fits her personality quite well) so one year for an extra Christmas gift I painted and framed a copy of it for her. She has it hanging in her bathroom!
Have a perfect weekend, Sweetie.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

WooHoo! I love this, Sweetie, and the hats are great. You go, girl!


Sheila :-)

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