Watch out for the Hungry Red Hat Ladies!


The Red Hat society is a group of women over the age of fifty who get together, socialize and pick from a menu from all around the country. While they may seem perfectly harmless, this group of women is on the prowl…prowl for fun that is.

When it’s your turn to host a red hat lady party make sure to honor the theme colors of red and purple in your menu. Purple Passion Punch, Red Heart Cookies, and red potato salad are all ideas that incorporate the themed colors of the red hat ladies.

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To make purple passion punch for a red hat gathering menu make sure to purchase four cups grape juice, chilled, one qt. ginger ale, chilled, Maraschino cherries, optional, one (46 oz.) can pineapple-grapefruit juice, chilled. Combine all ingredients and just before serving add the ginger ale. Garnish with cherries if you like.

Additionally to make red heart cookies for the red hat party menu acquire the following ingredients: one cup butter, one cup confectioner’s sugar, one egg, one teaspoon vanilla extract, two ½ cups all-purpose flour, one teaspoon baking soda, one teaspoon cream of tartar. In a large bowl combine the butter and sugar. Beat in the egg and vanilla and mix well. Mix in the flour, baking soda and cream of tartar. Mix until smooth. Divide dough into three equal pieces. Work with one dough piece at a time. Roll out on a lightly floured surface. Using cookie cutters cut out two equal sized heart shapes for each cookie. Then using a smaller heart shaped cookie cutter cut out another heart in the center of one of the heart shaped cookies. Spread the solid heart cookie with a little strawberry jam/jelly and place on cookie sheet, top with the second cookie (the one with the heart-shaped center cut out). The center of each cookie will reveal a red jelly heart. Repeat process until all dough is used. Bake cookies at 350F for approximately 8 minutes or until golden and baked through.

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Above all else, make sure that fun is the main ingredient in any red hat party menu.

Source by Gail Leino


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