Looking for ideas for your next Red Hatting get-together?

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General ideas | Restaurant/ “going out” ideas | Shopping ideas | pampering ideas
Outdoor ideas | Home-based ideas | Tours & Cultural ideas | Active ideas | Theme ideas


General ideas:

  • Dress as your royal title – For a bit of fun have everyone dress up as something to do with their Royal title! So for example Countess Champagne might decorate her dress with champagne corks
  • Calendar – Create a calendar at the end of the year from photos of your Chapter from throughout the year. You could even do a funny “sexy” calendar with each member taking on a month and having a glamorous photo shoot.
  • Debutante Ball – for the ladies who haven’t had one, have a Red hatter one!
  • Mystery Car trip – Carpool and follow in convoy to a mystery location (The leader knows where to go!)
  • “Fake Wedding” – where you hold a wedding ceremony for fun
  • Game show – Go on a gameshow like family Feud.
  • Celebrate “0” birthdays – (60/70 etc.) and have a “Golduation” when turning 80
  • 5 Year celebration – School uniform dressup event (kids go to school at 5)
  • Bus Trip – Hire a bus and go on an outing together
  • Fundraiser for charity
  • Masquerade ball


Cafe/ Restaurant & “Going out” ideas:

  • Yum Cha / Banquet / High Tea
  • Icecream parlour or dessert only dinner
  • Pj party in a Cafe/restaurant
  • Go to the theatre/cinema
  • Casino
  • Karaoke
  • Eating by the Alphabet – Pick a restaurant with a name starting with the letter “A”. Next outing pick one that starts with “B” and so on.
  • Eating By numbers – Choose a number and try to incorporate that into your dinner as much as possible. For example if you choose number 7, you could pick a restaurant that has #7 as the street number, eating at 7pm, eating the 7th item on the menu or selecting items that cost $7 or have a 7 in the price etc.
  • Progressive dinners – start your meal off at one venue, then move to a new venue for the next course.
  • Valentines Dinner – bring husbands along
  • See our printable “restaurant bill slips” to make splitting the bill easier!


Shopping ideas:

  • Go on a shopping spree tour to a discount outlet like DFO
  • Go on a tour of local “Op Shops”
  • Craft markets & Farmer’s markets
  • Organise a Red Hatter swapmeet where Hatters get together to swap/trade/sell their unwanted Hatting goods


Pampering ideas:

  • Hot springs / Manicure & Pedicure / Makeovers / Day Spa (either at home or visit one)
  • Glamour Photography shoot
  • Hire out rooms at a hotel (that has a pool) and have a mini holiday


Gardens, Park & Outdoor ideas:

  • Visit Botanical Gardens / zoo
  • Picnic in a park
  • Boat ride
  • Peddle boats on a lake
  • Go to the Horse races


Craft day or home based ideas:

  • Craft days = Hats / fascinators / Sash / stoll / Jewellery making / Scrapbooking / Quilting
  • Bra hat making – Have a craft day turning bras into hats. Place the centre chest part against your forehead and pin the ribcage straps to make a snug fit around your head. Sew this and cut off the shoulder straps. Use Pipecleaners sewn from the centre V point to the back of the head to add stability and a lattice crown you can decorate with a feather boa – then decorate the cups!
  • “Pot Luck” / “bring a plate” meal (another idea is to bring food that fits with a theme or letter of the alphabet)
  • Fashion Show
  • White Elephant gift exchange / Book exchange
  • Reminiscing party (bring old photo albums)
  • Cooking day (each make a large portion of your favourite dish, enough for everyone to take home a portion of, so everyone leaves with several meals worth of new dishes to try)
  • Show & Tell
  • Pajama party & Movie Night
  • Game Day (board games, trivia etc.)
  • Mystery Dinner (Wacky dinner served at home)
  • Bag Lady Fashion show


Tours & Cultural Ideas:

  • Brewery / Wine / Chocolate Tasting tour
  • Visit a museum / art gallery / heritage building
  • Cooking classes
  • Craft Shows


Active Ideas:

  • Mini Golf / Croquet / Bowling
  • Ice skating / rollerskating
  • Visit the snow
  • Pool Party / Beach party / Dance party
  • Dance lessons
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Fishing
  • Horse riding


Theme ideas:

  • African Safari / Zoo
  • Ancient Mythology (Greek/Egyptian etc.)
  • Arabian Nights / Aladdin / Bellydancers
  • Bollywood
  • Burlesque
  • Camping
  • Cinderella / Snow White
  • Circus
  • Countries & Cultures
  • Eras – 1940s/1950s/1960s/1970s/1980s etc.
  • Fairytale / Fantasy
  • Halloween / Horror
  • Mad Hatters Tea Party
  • Mardi Gras
  • Masquerade
  • Medieval
  • Mermaids
  • Pirate
  • Phantom of the Opera
  • Pool Party
  • Solve a Mystery
  • Superheroes
  • Victorian / Steampunk
  • Western
  • Wizard of Oz