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Valentine Party - what is your chapter doing? Check these ideas.












ROAD RALLY (2 versions)




Red Hat People Bingo


Objective: Pass a gift to the left or right around the circle as the story is read. Lots of fun!

Game type:
Passive. Little or no movement is required.
2 or more players.
Needed: 2 or 3 gifts (wrapped or unwrapped)

Rules: Seat everyone in a circle. Provide one gift for every 3 or 4 people. Hand to gifts to people at different points in the circle (not right next to each other). Read the story below and have players hand the gifts right or left whenever the words "right" or "left" are spoken.

Story: Christmas was almost here, and Mother RIGHT was finishing the Christmas baking.

Father RIGHT, Sue RIGHT, and Billy RIGHT returned from their last-minute Christmas errands.

"There's not much LEFT to be done," said Father RIGHT as he came into the kitchen.

"Did you leave the basket of food at church?" asked Mother RIGHT.

"I LEFT it RIGHT where you told me to," said Father RIGHT.

"I'm glad my shopping is done," said Billy RIGHT. "I don't have any money LEFT."

The hall telephone rang, and Susan RIGHT LEFT to answer it.

She rushed back and told the family "Aunt Tillie RIGHT LEFT a package for us RIGHT on Grandma RIGHT's porch.

I'll go over there RIGHT now and get it." she said as she LEFT in a rush.

Father RIGHT LEFT the kitchen and brought in the Christmas tree.

By the time Susan RIGHT returned, Mother RIGHT, Father RIGHT, and Billy RIGHT had begun trimming the tree.

The entire RIGHT family sang carols as they finished the decorating.

Then they LEFT all the presents arranged under the tree and went to bed, hoping they had selected the RIGHT gifts for their family.

Now I hope you have the RIGHT present for yourself, because that's all that's LEFT of our story.....

Except to wish you a Merry Christmas....Isn't that RIGHT?



You will need a piece of paper and a pencil for each player. You
also need one die. The object of this game is to complete a drawing
of a Red Hat Lady before the other players do.

Players roll the die to see who starts. The player with the
highest number goes first. You must roll the exact number to draw
each item. Each item must be drawn in order. If you can not draw
what you have rolled, the turn passes to the next player. (For a
faster game, you can draw the items in any order - hmmm could be
pretty funny).

Each lady then writes their name & pins the picture on themselves
as a name tag for the rest of the event.

Roll a 1……draw a hat with decorations
Roll a 2……draw the head
Roll a 3……draw the face & hair
Roll a 4……draw the upper torso & blouse
Roll a 5……draw a skirt
Roll a 6……draw legs/feet/shoes

PJ  PARTY - something every Red Hat Chapter should try !

Have the party at a member's home on a Saturday morning or in a hotel room/party room or an overnight - whatever - just do it! Everyone comes dressed in their pj's.  Give a prize for the funniest hat or pjs.

P.J. brunch at a local restaurant is popular with red hatters. Sing Red Hat songs, maybe some readings by a psychic, or make-overs by a local spa or hire a masseuse for the event for mini massages. Try reflexology, hand parafanning, and skin exfoliating. You just can't have too much fun!

Don't forget to wear your "maxi pad slippers" (instruction are on this web site!)  silly red hats and hair rollers and kerchiefs and flashing false teeth!

Once you do it you'll love it and not think twice the next time.Remind them that they will be far more covered-up than they are in summer when they go out to eat in summer clothes, so what's the big deal!?!?!

If you have some scairdy-cats, arrange for them to drive there together so they don't have to walk in alone wondering if anyone else is there. - after that its all downhill, so many laughs! Stroll thru the restaurant just to enjoy the dropped jaws and laughter. The other patrons get a big kick out of it, which is what makes it fun. Give maxi-pad slippers as favors or as a prize for best PJ hat. There is a PJ-based personality profile game available online you can print out - or many other things.

Have everyone bring, in a brown paper bag, something they take to bed at night. Labeled them 1-12 and then give the girls a paper and pen and as you remove the items from the bag they have to guess who they belong too. Lots of fun and a ton of Laughs.

Have it with a swim party at a someones. Swim and Slumber. Everyone brings a homemade beauty remedy. Search on the Internet for "beauty recipe" and you will find lots. Fun Fun Fun.

BOWLING PARTY   Try a "Crazy" Bowling Party:
(Check with the bowling alley as often they will have computerized games they can post on the scoring screen such as Bingo Bowling.)

10 frames:

1. Use opposite hand
2. Bowl between legs with both hands
3. Bowl on one knee
4. Bowl backwards between legs
5. Bowl between previous bowlers' legs
6. Stand behind the foul line and use both hands 
7. Sit down and push the ball
8. Use opposite hand
9. On both knees
10. Regular

Ass Backwards Bowling,

The bowling was so much fun. The rules we played by for each frame are as follows:
1. Bowl normally
2. Bowl with your nondominant hand
3. Turn around and shoot the ball between your legs.
4. Bowl kneeling down. (We had a pillow for our tender knees. One lady had a bad knee, so she bowled on one knee.)
5. Bowl blindfolded. (My ball must have ricocheted off the gutter guards 6 times before hitting the pins.)
6. Bowl using a wooden spoon. (The Queen's Mum gave her ball a shove--and sent the spoon flying down the lane. The Queen rescued it before realizing she should wait for a "pin boy." No one saw her, though.)
7. Bowl standing on one leg. (By far, the hardest. It's hard to keep your balance with a bowling ball in one hand.)
8. Bowl sitting down. (see story below)
9. Bowl laying on your stomach.
10. Repeat any of rules 2-9 that you liked best or want to do better on. (Lady's Choice.)

I think this is the most amazing idea for a chapter activity!
The Mission Belles last May held a Grandma/granddaughter tea, & having the little girls dress in lavender with pink hats. As Karen their Queen Mum says "I know I would have been thrilled to pieces if such an occurance had happened for me waaaaaaaay back when" Sounds like fun Karen and I wish I had some grandchildren!! 

PLANNING A CHAPTER TEA?  Here are some great web sites for you to use, thanks to Elizabeth in Edmonton

Alenkas Printables, great free items
Camilles teas
Planning a tea for the ladies of your church
RH Tea Lady
Tea Time Traditions
Teddy Bear Tea
Tea Time Fun, there are some great threads here
Teas 2 Dine 4
The Tea House Times

Valentine Party - what is your chapter doing? Check these ideas.

From Mission Belles...
This Saturday we are having a Valentine's luncheon at a local golf course restaurant, complete with Red Hat table cloths made by myself & our Histerian. I am having two of my ladies do a skit on 'The Language Of The Fan', & in keeping with that, I have made a dozen small fans as decorations to go along with the hearts & cupids for Valentines.  We always do 2 pen & pencil games & this time I've whomped up "Cupid's Questions", & another I named "Lies, lies, all lies..."  For that, I made up a grid with each members name in one square.  We take turns standing, announcing who we are, & state 3 things about ourselves.  Two are true, & one will be a lie.  Everyone is to decide which is the lie, & accordingly put it in that particular square.  The winners receive ~~~ a fan.  (Went to Chinatown in Van. & bought up quite a swat of them.) 

From The Red Hot Divas...
We all went to lunch at the Summerhill Winery overlooking the Okanagan Lake. When we arrived, as several members were bringing guests to this event, everyone was given a name tag and found their name already on a pace-card. It was decided that the guests already knew the person who brought them so we'd mix them up so they could meet the rest of us. Must have worked as all 5 guests joined that day. The Vintner and staff were impressed by all these ladies in red hats having so much fun that they offered us a free  wine tasting and tour after our lunch. Our Queen Mother made up little "goodie" bags decorated with hearts and red ribbon. Each bag contained cinnamon hearts and chocolates etc. so that we could "nibble" on sweets while waiting for lunch, as is only proper for Red Hat Ladies don't you think?




Some ideas for this event:

Ask everyone to bring a baby photo of themselves.
We number the photos and give each red hatter a paper with the names of the divas  on it. We have to put the correct number beside each name.
Organizer would put the photos on a larger paper with a number at the top of the page. 
They would keep a list of the names and the correct number.
 Have a prize for the person who identifies the most girls.

Bring a bag and in it have some treasures from your life that tells something about you and you share it with the others... "My life in a bag"  The bag can be any size and might include photos, trophies, awards, photos of family and or pets, your favourite doll or teddy bear or ?  Ballet costume from your first recital, anything goes! A pink ribbon for everyone if you are a breast cancer survivor, etc.

 Bring a bag lunch and auction it off. Decorated bags in red & purple of course!
Draw numbers from a bag and switch bag lunches - you take the bag whose number you drew... and maybe there's also a photo inside the bag of the person who prepared the bag & lunch and you have to guess who it is.
Bring a bag lunch for two and we bid on the bags and the winners share lunch with that person who prepared it.
 I am sure you can come up with all kinds of ideas.... 
I think it sounds like fun and a great way to get to know more about each other because the more I get to know the members, the more fascinating they are. We all have such interesting backgrounds.

 Make up a grid with each members name in one square.  We take turns standing, announcing who we are, & state 3 things about ourselves.  Two are true, & one will be a lie.  Everyone is to decide which is the lie, & accordingly put it in that particular square









ROAD RALLY (2 versions)




more...Things to Do         

Bag Lady Night - "My Life in a Bag"
Karaoke Night
High Tea at a Tearoom
Fiesta Hoot at a Mexican Restaurant
Mix & Mingle 
Chinese New Years party at a Chinese Restaurant
Fifties Flashback Party/Dance
Backassward Bowling & Pizza Party
Valentine Party & Gift Exchange (all items must be red)
White Elephant Auction
Purple Parade thru summer gardens
Pool Splash Party or Beach party

Games to Play & Misc. Stuff

Bubble blowing contest
Spitting contest
Pin the Red Hat on the Queen/Diva
Hokey Pokey
'Truth or Consequences'  - get to know some VERY fun stuff  about  other in our teen years, bring our teen photos
hula hoop contest
sing and dance to 50's and 60s music

red cupcakes with purple frosting
red carnation centerpiece with purple ribbons


1  Quadruped with Crimson Proboscis
2  Eight P.M. to Six A.M. without Noise
3  Minuscule Hamlet in the Near East
4  Ancient Benevolent Despot
5  Exuberance Directed to the Planet
6  Listen, Aerial Spirits Harmonizing
7  Trio of Monarchs
8  Yonder in the Hay Rack
9  Cherubim Audited from Aloft
10  Assemble, Everyone Who Believes
11  Hollowed Post Meridian
12  Fantasia of a Colorless December 25
13  A Dozen Twenty-four Hour Yule Periods
14  Befell During the Transparent Bewitching Hour
15  Homo Sapien of Crystallized Vapor
16  Desire a Pair of Incisors on December 25
17  I Spied My Maternal Parent Osculating a fat man in red
18  Perambulating Through A December Solstice Fantasy
19  Adorn the vestibule
20  Tin tintinnabulums
21  Aloft on the acme of the abode
1  Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer
2 Silent Night
3  Oh Little Town of Bethlehem
4  Good King Wenceslas
5  Joy To The World
6  Hark, The Herald Angels Sing
7  We Three Kings
8  Away In The Manger
9  Angels We Have Heard On High
10  Come All Ye Faithful
11  O Holy Night
12  I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas
13  The 12 Days of Christmas
14  It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
15  Frosty the Snowman
16  All I Want For Christmas is My Two Front Teeth
17  I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
18  Walking In A Winter Wonderland
19  Deck The Halls
20  Silver Bells
21  Up On The Rooftop


Dinner Rules Given to Guest:
* you will be served 5 courses containing 5 items in the order selected.
* We insist each course be finished before the next is served.
* Place 5 ones (#1) by the first course items, 5 twos (#2) by the second course items and so on.
* No number may be eliminated or used more than once.
* All utensils and food will be removed after each course.
* Don't worry about etiquette - it's impossible!

1. Jersey's Best 2. Steamed Glacier 3. Irish Eyes 4. Divided Branches 5. Exotic Blubber
6. Pucker Power 7. Jack 8. Sailor's Crumbs 9. Degreaser 10. Beau's Dream
11. Rolling Stones 12. Old Remedy 13. Lover's Delight 14. Bats and Balls 15. Palate's Paradise
16. Autumn Leaves 17. Farmer's Alarm 18. Perfect Pitch 19. Soaker 20. Cat's Eyes
21. Devil's Horns 22. Golden Rods 23. Pine Forest 24. Liquid Gold 25. Cool Conclusion
Planning Tips:
* when sending invitations ask for an RSVP so you know exactly how many will attend.
* Copy enough menus so each guest has one. Put guest's name at top.
* Plan on at least one server for every four people, as each meal will be different.
* Use paper plates, cups, bowls, and silverware, as they will be thrown out after each course.
* Take your time serving ... enjoy the suspense.

Actual Menu
1. Ice Cream 2. Water 3. Baked Potato 4. Fork 5. Jell-O
6. Pickle 7. Knife 8. Crackers 9. Napkin 10. Spoon
11. Meatballs 12. Chicken Soup 13. Candy Kiss 14. Carrot sticks & Peas 15. Cupcake
16. Salad 17. Chicken 18. Fork 19. Napkin 20. Olives
21. Fork 22. Spaghetti 23. Toothpick 24. Orange Juice 25. Milk


Mystery Dinner Directions...........
As each guest arrives they are given the following letter:
Welcome to our Mystery Dinner. Dinner will consist of three courses. For the first course select 6 items from the menu below, for the second and third, select 5 items from the menu. Place the numbers that correspond to the items you've selected, in the spaces next to the letters below. No duplicates allowed! You will be served only those items selected for each course.
Among the items you are to select are such items as your utensils, which you will try to have on your items for the first course, needless to say. You must make off your course selections before the meal begins and turn this form into your maitre de. (NOTE: this was the husband)
We surely hope you enjoy your meal (if you can figure out what you are ordering). Good luck!
(NOTE: I will put what each item actually is at the end. Of course, your guests will have no idea what each item is until it is served to them, so only you will know the answers.)
1. The rippers choice
2. Hot eyes underground
3. Hug and kiss
4. Uh Huh
5. Sporty English gal
6. A sleepy relative
7. A Roman mix-up
8. Polly's delight
9. A wedding tradition
10. Georgia injection
11. Farmer's friend
12. George Washington's Demise
13. Provincial spear
14. Smiles galore
15. A small raise
16. A little piece of ----
Put your selections on the chart below:
Course 1 - Course 2 - Course 3

A______ A______ A______
B______ B______ B______
C______ C______ C______
D______ D______ D______
E______ E______ E______
NOTE: For an example, someone might choose 1, 2, 11, 12, 14, 16 for their first course and you would give them a knife, water, toothpick, cherry cheesecake, cheese, and baked potato. They are served exactly what they specify on the chart.
The answers to the menu are:
1. knife
2. baked potato
3. spoon
4. Pepsi (the man who had this dinner is an employee of Pepsi)
5. Cornish game hen
6. napkin
7. Caesar salad
8. cracker
9. wild rice
10. peach schnapps shot
11. water
12. cherry cheesecake
13. fork
14. cheese
15. bread
16. wood (toothpick)
NOTE: Of course you make up your own menu with the appropriate clues to choose from, but this will give you an idea of what to do.


Everyone has to try and find a person with the answer to questions below and have them sign your sheet.

1. Find someone who has a birthday in the same month as you _________________________________________________  

2. Find someone who has the same kind of pet that you have. _________________________________________________

3. Someone who has the same number of children that you have. ______________________________________________

4. Someone who has either your first or middle name. ________________________________________________________



 You make name tags (that stick) and as each guest arrives, you put the name tag on their back where they can not see it. The name tags have various names on them, like Elvis Presley, Martin Luther King,  Marilyn get the idea, anybody famous. Then the person has to ask other guests various questions that can only be answered YES or NO to find out who is on the name tag... like is it a male? Are they alive? Are they dead? and so on. It is a good mixer. You can even put their name with it, so that when they guess the right name, they can move the name tag to their front (crossing out the game name). It is fun and pretty easy to do.


Mila Mulroney – Wife of former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney


NANCY GREENE-RAINE:  - Olympic gold medal slalom champion in 1968 now runs Sun Peaks ski resort.


KAREN KAIN – ballerina


SILKEN LAUMANN: - Rower. She won a bronze in the 1992 Olympics


DIANA KRALL:  - Jazz singer and pianist.


Alanis Morissette  - Musician


Margaret Atwood  - Author. Her works include The Edible Woman, The Handmaid's Tale, Cat's Eye and Alias Grace.


EMILY CARR: Artist - became famous painting westcoast landscapes, Indian villages and totem poles.


Anne Murray   - Singer


Kim Campbell   - Former Prime Minister


Betty Kennedy  - Journalist TV Personality


Roberta Bondar   - Astronaut. First Canadian woman in space on Discovery in 1992.


Sheila Copps  - Politician


CELINE DION - Grammy-winning singer


LUCY MAUD MONTGOMERY:  - Prince Edward Island author who wrote novels about Anne of Green Gables.


Dini Petty  - TV Radio personality


Maureen McTeer  - Lawyer. Wife of Former Prime Minister Joe Clark. 


Andrea Martin  - actress


KAREN MAGNUSSEN:  - World figure skating champion in 1973

Pauline McGibbon   - Ontario's first woman lieutenant-governor.

SARAH McLACHLAN:  - Grammy-award winning singer-songwriter

JUNE CALLWOOD:  - Journalist, board-sitter, panel-judger.


JONI MITCHELL:  -  Folk Singer. Played acoustic guitar.

BEVERLEY McLACHLIN:  - First female chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, first female chief justice of the B.C. Supreme Court, first woman appointed to the B.C. Court of Appeal.  

NELLIE McCLUNG: Suffragist, legislator and author, McClung wrote best-selling novels, advanced the feminist cause and served in the Alberta legislature in the 1920s.


SHANIA TWAIN: - Country and western singer from Timmins, Ont..


Cindi Hawkins – Politician – Liberal MLA


There are no strangers here, only friends I have not met!

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Red Hat People Bingo

By: Jeannette Dvorachek, Lee Hasstedt & Margie Beck - Belleville Red Hat Society #25554 


Bingo grid printed off on white paper (red hat graphic in center)


Basket  for drawing names

5-10 prizes - purple candles, glitter pens, etc. - Wrapped or in gift bag 


As the ladies arrive they are given a bingo card, pencil, and asked to drop their name in drawing basket.  


Please ask other ladies to sign a square on your card until it is full.

Everyone is seated and  names are drawn from basket.

(If it is a large group, ask member to stand when their name is drawn and tell 1 thing about themselves, this part is optional)

Names are “ Xed” out just like regular BINGO. 

Prizes are given for each BINGO, except the last- FILL THE CARD!


Need to have at least 25+ Red Hatters. Create a Bingo Card with 25 blank spaces. As they enter, have Red Hatters put their name on a piece of paper or ticket and place the tickets in a jar. Then have all of the Red hatters go around the room with their blank BINGO cards and gather signatures in the blank spaces. They can only use a person's name once. Once everyone has completed this, start drawing the paper/tickets out of the jar. They check off the box if they have the name that was called out. Play like BINGO. It is lots of fun, and gets everyone mingling!
Works with 15 -20 OR 25 too


Flower Power potluck at my house for our chapter

How about have everyone bring a pot luck dish of what they would have eaten back in the flower power days of the 60's. As everyone is eating have each person tell why they brought what they did and what they were doing back in the 60's. You could even ask them to come dressed as a red hat flower child. You could also ask them to state what their favorite flower is.

Another idea - While everyone is gathered you could draw names for secret pals. Make a game out of it. Flowers grow by being watered, having sunshine, and good nourished soil. Friendships grow by getting to know each other, giving each other BD cards, Valentine cards, Christmas and Easter cards, or anytime cards. In other words, shower your secret pal with plenty of sunshine, love and friendship. Since January is the beginning of the year, each month you could have each member say something interesting about themselves to the entire chapter so as to give a hint to their secret pal of who they are, what they like, their childhood, etc. And the secret pal could keep a diary each month of the person's name she drew based on what that person said about themselves that month. Then, at the end of the year, the secret pal could recite all the things that the person whose name she drew had said each month. This could be quite funny and get quite interesting because no one remembers from month to month what they say, no one except the secret pal that kept the diary that is. After she recites her words, then everyone can try to guess whose name the secret pal drew. If no one guesses, then the secret pal reveals who she drew.


My chapter did something different this year, and we all enjoyed it very much. Instead of trying to find a decent gift for another member for $10, we each bought a $10 toy. We wrapped the gifts and had our usual gift exchange. (We use one of the left/right games.) We had the fun of the exchange and opening the gifts, but then we donated all the toys to a charity.


Regarding RSVPs, my guidelines include the provision that any member who misses three consecutive events without contacting either me or the Queen for the Day will lose her place on our roster. I print that statement in every monthly broadcast and put the complete guidelines on the back of our roster whenever I give out new ones. I also have new members read and sign a copy of the guidelines when they join. Then you have to follow through if a member doesn't live up to the guidelines. My guidelines are available on my website at - feel free to use any or all of them.


Sick of some of the “junk” gifts some bring or give? have a small prize for the person who brought the gift voted best by the group.


First year: my Queenly coronation
2nd year: we did everything in 2's: took 2 vows, sang 2 songs, did 2 dances, took a 2nd
name with the Red Sash Ceremony and did a 2nd Hand Rose Fashion Show.
3rd year: "You Light Up My Life" with mandatory lamp shade hats and we did a RETRO REDuation, since all my gals were over 50 when they joined. We went backwards in time honoring the various major events of life.
4h year: a 50's party
5th year: a Roarin' 20's party
6th year: That's Jan., 2009...we're having a western themed party.

In Jan., 2008 I discovered that I had 11 of my 20 RazZcaLs who were celebrating decade birthdays...turning 60, 70 and 80. So we had an additional decaDANCE MIRTHday party honoring the decade birthday gals.


did our own NO TALENT SHOW after lunch. Everyone had a no talent-- one lady played a comb, another put her legs behind her head, another taught us how to fold clothes. We had a ball.


The passports I just printed on Card stock. They are about 3.25 X 5.50. On the inside I stapled blank pages with the first page showing their name and date of birth. The year was XXXX. (some ladies don't like to publicize their age) I made up a serial number. See example:

Joan Mxxxx
9520 xxxxxxxxx Blvd.
Apt. XXX
Baltimore MD 21236
d/o/b - 07/27/????

Passport #M661855-36

Issued January 25, 2008

The stamps I printed on whole sheets of peel and stick adhesive paper and cut them out with scrapbooking scissors to give them a postage stamp look. I don't have a lot of graphics programs available. The only program I use is Microsoft Publisher. I'm sure you could up with some great looking stamps with other programs.,,,,,,,


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