Red Hats Victoria



Red Hatter Songs

These are songs that have been created by substituting normal lyrics with Hatter themes ones. The tunes are listed below the song name. Authors are unknown.

You can also download a printable songbook that contains these songs.


Click here to download the Songbook (also includes printing instructions)


We Are Wearing Our Red Hats
(Tune: Take Me Out to the Ball Game)

We are wearing our red hat
Purple dresses we sport
Strutting our stuff with the other chicks
Having a ball as our colours we mix.
Oh and we will play our kazoos loud
We don’t care what folks say
For it’s good times now that we have
On our Red Hat Day!

For She’s a Jolly Red Hatter
(Tune: For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow)

For she’s a jolly red hatter, for she’s a jolly red hatter
For her please raise a loud clatter, or play upon your kazoo

On your kazoo, KAZOO, and cheer her proudly, too,
For she’s a jolly red hatter, so cheer her proudly, too.

We won’t be home until morning, we won’t be home until morning–
Yes, bedtime we are all scorning. Red Hatters always do.

Red Hatters always do, Red Hatters always do
Red Hatters heed this warning – No bedtime before two!

Red Hat Rounds #1
(Tune : Frere Jacques)

Come, Red Hatters. Come Red Hatters.
Hear our call. Hear our call!
Joy to all we’re bringing, with our raucous singing
Have a ball! Have a ball!

Red Hat Rounds #2
(Tune: Row, Row, Row Your Boat)

Red Hats must be seen, what else are they for?
In red hats and purple gowns, life is not a bore.

Red Hat Rounds #3
(Tune: Oh How Lovely is the Evening)

Oh how friendly are Red Hatters, are Red Hatters
When they gather, all that matters to Red Hatters
Is fun, such fun, much fun.

Red Hat Rounds #4
(Tune: Down at the Station)

With our purple PJ.’s on, at our monthly brunch
Hear Red Hatters singing, golly what a bunch
We’re here to see the Queen Mum and the Vice Mum too
Give them both a loud cheer, before we start to munch
Yes, give them both a loud cheer, before we start to munch.

God Save The Red Hat Queen
(Tune: God Save the Queen)

United do we stand,
Our ladies hand-in-hand
God save The Queen.

Our hearts are tried and true.
Our hats are red, not blue,
Our dress is purple too,
God Save The Queen

Our power will they dread
When they see hats of red
God save The Queen.

As we stand hand-in-hand
Across our wondrous land,
In purple shall we stand.
God Save The Queen.

Red Hats, Red Hats
(Tune: Daisy, Daisy)

Red Hat, Red Hat, Red Hat Society
We get together for fun and frivolity
We don’t hold monthly meetings
But we specialise in eating,
And we all have fun, each and every one
On our outings, wherever they be.

Red Hats, Red Hats, we wear every time we meet
With purple dresses, our colours for all to see,
We wear our colours so proudly, is the order of the day
Dressed in our best, we outshine the rest
So here’s to us, lets all shout, Hooray!

Red and Purple Favourites
(Tune: My Favourite Things)

Red shoes and purses and boas with feathers
Purple ensembles to wear in all weathers
Earrings that sparkle, and big diamond rings
These are a few of our favourite things.

Tulle covered red hats and red hats with veiling
Curvy red visors and red hats for sailing
Red hats of cotton all crocheted from string
These are a few of our favourite things.

We’re all Red Hats
Yes, the Red Hats
Loving life, not sad
And while we are wearing our favourite things
We truly all feel so glad!

Red hats with wide brims and red hats with roses,
Red hats with ribbons and red hats with posies,
Bonnets we keep on by tying their strings
These are a few of our favourite things.

Red hats with sequins or long trailing feathers,
Red hats of velvet and hats of red leather,
Neat hats and chic hats, the smiles that they bring
These are a few of our favourite things.

We’re all Red Hats
Yes, the Red Hats
Loving life, not sad
And while we are wearing our favorite things
We truly all feel so glad!

You Are My Red Hat
(Tune: You Are My Sunshine)

You are my red hat, my lovely red hat,
And with my purple clothes you are wild.
It’s well known that you’re such a show hat
And you make me feel so beguiled.

You were in a corner, a dusty corner
Of that thrift shop I adore
I grabbed you right up, I bought you quickly
And I marched right out the door.

You are my red hat, my only red hat
And I’ll wear you without fear
You’ll never look like I don’t adore you
I’ll always decorate you dear.

I’ll use red feathers, and purple baubles
And put big flowers in your brim
Pins will adorn you and veils won’t daunt you,
Upon my crown you won’t look grim.

‘Cause you’re my red hat, my lovely red hat,
And with my purple clothes you’re wild.
It’s well known that you’re such a show hat
And you make me feel so beguiled.

In Our Red Hats We’re Beguiling
(Tune: When You’re Smiling)

In our red hats, we’re beguiling
And we’re pert in purple, too.

In our red hats, we’ll be smiling
And when you see us, you’ll smile, too.

We’re at an age when we do as we choose–
You must agree that we’re real piperoos

It’s not hat styling, that keeps us smiling
It’s the smiles that come from YOU

Red Hat Woman
(Tune: I Am Woman)

I am woman, hear me roar
As I put my hat on going out the door.
It’s red as red can be
And when I wear it, I’m filled with glee!

My purple outfit may be a little tight
But I think it fits me just right.
My other accessories I do don
You’d think a fairy princess touched me with her wand.

When I meet my other Red Hatters to shop and dine
We all look so perfectly fine!
We have fun and giggle a lot,
And when we walk down the street, people stop and watch.

Oh, how grand this is for us
That we’ve learned laughter is a must!
And so I say to you dear Red Hatters
In life, friendship and fun,
That’s what matters!

There is a Tavern in the Town
(Tune – same)

There is a tavern in the town, in the town
Where red hatters sit them down, sit them down
And drink their wine as merry as can be
While other chapters sip their tea.

When the time comes we sadly leave it,
You will surely will not believe it
Though you know that even best of friends
Must part, must part.

Adieu, kind friends, I say, adieu, yes adieu.
Red Hatters now are leaving you, leaving you.
Do not cry or pine or even weep or frown
We’ll all meet at more hoots, farther down.

Let Me Wear Your Red Hat
(Tune: Let Me Call You Sweetheart)

Let me wear your red hat and your purple gown, too.
I’d like to be a Red Hat lady, just like you.
Fling that boa ‘round my neck and add some pearls
Let me join the fun crowd like your Red Hat girls!

You keep the whole world happy with the things you do.
No one in a Red Hat group is ever blue.
To the other sisters you are always true.
If I could wear a red hat I’d be true blue, too!

Yes, We Have No More Red Hats
(Tune: Yes, We Have No Bananas)

Yes, we have no more red hats,
We have no more red hats for you.
We wish we had some more red hats
But here’s what we can do for you:
We have white hats and gray hats and green hats and blue.
We’ve ecru and puce hats and yellow ones, too
But Wait! I found one more red hat—the one I’ve been saving for you!

Red Hats Sailing Toward Me
(Tune: Blue Skies)

Red hats sailing toward me,
Nothing but red hats do I see.
Sleek gowns, purple display
Worn by red hatters, now at play.

On this purple sea, red hats in a fleet
Bobbing along, to our own beat
All the sailors shout when we come about
“Red Hatters, dear, drop anchor here.

Oh, red hats, it’s you we adore
No one could love, Red Hatters more!”

Purple Dress, Red Hat, Too
(Tune: Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue)

Purple dress, red hat too,
Oh, what those red hats can do
When worn by our Red Hatter gals.

At your whim, twist the brim
Add a veil and feathered trim
Wear rhinestone jewels and lots of pearls

Then you go, out the door, for fun galore
Out for lunch, brekky or brunch
No matter where, people will stare

You pass by, people sigh.
This is fun, you just can’t buy.
This is what wearing red hats can do.

In My Cute Red Bonnet
(Tune: In Your Easter Bonnet)

In my cute red bonnet, with pretty ribbons on it,
I’ll be one of the many, in the red hat parade.

All of us in purple, we form a friendship circle,
And have a great time smiling, in the red hat parade.

In a coffee shop or a shopping spree,
We laugh and do lunch, and know we are all we wanted to be.

So,……. We can all wear purple, and join a happy circle
And be a grand dame lady in the red hat parade.

Free as the Breeze Red Hats
(Tune: I’m As Free as the Breeze)

We’re as free as the breeze
Red Hatters can do whatever they please
And that’s exactly what we do
We’re free, as the breeze

Free to lounge around and be at ease,
And that’s exactly what we do
We can go for cocktails, lunch or teas
Though some are in our seventies

There’s no guilt when we’re done!
We live a life of fun.
Free, no one’s more free than we
And free’s the way, we always want to be
To do the things, we want to do.

Red Hats in the Sunset
(Tune: Red Sails in the Sunset)

Red hats in the sunset, red hats in the dark,
Red hats on parade and red hats in the park.

Love those bold red hatters
In their purple attire,
Love purple pajamas
But red hats set me on fire

Red hats in the sunset, put one on my head,
And it’ll still be there until I drop dead.

Hat of My Hats
(Tune: Heart of My Heart)

Hat of my hats, I love what you stand for.
Hat of my hats, you’ve opened many a door.

When we walk out in gaudy purple gowns,
We are rough and ready gals
We’re all good friends, we’re really pals.

And, hat of my hats, you’ve made me great new friends
To you I say, “Congrats! With those flowers on you,
And purple bows upon you
You make my heart sing:
“Hat of my hats!”

Red Hat Ladies
(Tune: Bye Bye Blackbird)

Purple outfits and red hats, We’re a going’ where it’s at,
Red Hat Ladies.
We’re fun lovin’ senior gals, and we are the best of pals, Red Hat Ladies

When you see us smile and say “hello there”,
Funny jokes and laughter, that’s what we share.
Every time we go to lunch, We can’t wait to see the bunch of Red Hat Ladies. Red Hat Ladies.

Hatter Commandments & Creed

The 10 Red Hatter commandments:

  1. Thou shalt use thy Red Hat powers for good deeds (bring joy and laughter to all you meet).
  2. Thou shalt eat thy favorite foods, including chocolate. After all, diet is just a four letter word.
  3. Thou shalt be a kindred spirit in your sisterhood. Keep your confidences and friendships strong.
  4. Thou shalt put on the glitz! Wear purple glory, big red hats, flashy jewellry, and feathers: be a Dame!
  5. Thou shalt play. Be young in heart and mind and your body will follow – -at least most of the time!
  6. Thou shalt welcome the curious and explain the wonders of Red Hat to all who ask, especially small children and handsome men.
  7. Thou shalt accept the things you cannot change, big or small. We’re good at rolling with the punches.
  8. Thou shalt aspire to anything in life at any age. It’s never too late to skydive.
  9. Thou shalt honour thy age and the need to be a little bad.
  10. Thou shalt repeat the first nine commandments, over and over and over.

Author Unknown


Red Hatter creed:

I will not walk softly, but I will carry a big stick.
I will laugh hard, loud, and often I will have fun, and play hard.
I will put all work and responsibilities off until tomorrow.
I will take time to smell the flowers.
I will never use the following words: “diet”, “exercise”, “fat”, “guilt”, “careful”, “slow”, “quiet”, “rules”, “laws”, “boundaries”, or “limits”.
I will never say “Shhhhhhhh”.
I will flaunt my red hat and purple dress.
I will not always endure the restraints of underwear.
I will eat chocolate excessively and unyieldingly.
I will learn to indulge myself in both familiar and unfamiliar ways
And will encourage Red Hat behavior.

by Lil’ Mz.Chevious (Carole Mebane, RHS Moll)

Ode to a Red Hatter

Ode to a Red Hatter

Isn’t it lovely and simply divine?
To finally be fifty and not forty-nine?
Fifty has substance, fifty has style;
Now you can do things that make folks smile.

None of this nonsense talk of “over the hill”
Relax and have fun, just do what you will.
You can wear purple outfits and a silly red chapeau;
Trimmed in feathers and flowers, be always on the go.

None of that “old talk” for this active bunch;
It’s off to bingo, or a tea shop lunch.
We may have some aches; wrinkles may dot the skin;
But we’re in glorious shape, for the shape that we’re in.

We giggle and simper, gossip and tease;
Say what we feel, it’s us that we please.
You may find us silly; you may roll your eyes;
You may think purple, a strange disguise.

But purple is royal, it makes a grand show;
We have a Queen Mother; she is wise we all know.
So dust off the cobwebs and let’s have some fun.
Join The Red Hats, where new life has begun.

You can be an old fogey and sit on the side;
Or join all of us, wear our colors with pride.
That is our story; we hope you’ll agree;
Belonging to The Red Hats, is the best place to be……

(Author Unknown)

Red Hat Customs

The following are some common customs of the RHS

  • Bling – The more the merrier!  Any kind of shiny, sparkly accessory you can add is great.    Many Hatters like to collect brooches as well as wearing pearls and rhinestone jewellery.
  • “Dessert first” – We’re about having fun and not having to “act your age” – so why not have dessert first!
  • “Hoots” – A hoot is a get-together of Hatters.  Generally an informal and unstructured event, some people use the term for all gatherings and events.
  • Feathers & Feather Boas – Boas add some fun, but the feathers themselves represent the freedom to come out and play as well as being love (red) and hugs (purple).  If feathers fall off your boas, save them to give away as little gifts – they are “boa-seeds” or “baby boas”, and if nurtured they could grow into a full feather boa one day :)
  • Reversed Colours – The regular dresscode is a red hat with purple clothing (or a pink hat with lavender clothing).  However you can “reverse your colours” (wear a purple hat with red clothing), on your birth month and the birth month of the RHS (April)
  • Sashes & Stoles – A great way to display your brooches – which saves poking holes in your clothing and means you don’t have to move them from outfit to outfit.

Is it Purple? Lavender? Violet? Lilac? Magenta? Eggplant? – it’s all confusing!

The dress code for the Society is that women over 50 wear “purple” and women under 50 wear “lavender”

But what is “purple”?  and where does “lavender” stop and “purple” begins….. is magenta a “purple” or is it pink?

If you look at photos of Hatter groups, you will see a vast array of different shades of purples, and different ways to wear the colours – and that is great!

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(Also remember that during your birth month, and the birth month of the RHS [April] you can reverse your colours – so you would wear red clothing with a purple hat)


To help you out, here is an interpretation of colours that might be appropriate for Pink and Red Hatters.


(Remembering that different monitors/screens may display colours differently)

Basically if you are a Pink Hatter, choose the lighter shades of purple (lavender, lilac, mauve etc.), however you don’t need to go pale for the pink – you can go for hot pink and fuchsia tones.  If you are a Red Hatter, choose the darker and more vibrant purples and violets, and your “red” hats can be anything from a burgundy to a bright red.

The important thing to remember is that a Red Hatter should look like a “Red Hatter”, and a Pink Hatter should look like a “Pink Hatter”.  So if you think that you could be mistaken for a different age group, you may like to make sure you have enough correct colour clothing or accessories to make sure you look right.

Some Hatters are very strict with the colour difference between a “Lavender” and a “Purple”, and don’t like to see Pink Hatters wearing anything too dark.  Others feel that it’s ok for a Pinkie to wear something that could be considered “purple”, so long as they have an obviously pink hat and look like a Pink Hatter.  So while you are strongly encouraged to wear lighter purples as a Pink Hatter, if you must wear darker shades, try to incorporate some lavender accessories (a scarf or feather boa perhaps), and make sure your hat is definitely pink.

But most importantly – have fun with it!

Hatting on a Budget

This talk of having specific clothing and hats may seem a little daunting.  You probably don’t happen to have a red/pink hat just lying around, and you might want to get fancy but don’t have the budget to go out and buy everything straight away.

That’s ok – Go slowly and add to your collection of goodies as the budget permits.  Here’s some tips to some more cost effective ways to looking fabulous.

  • Check out op shops and second hand shops for cheap gear.  You may find hats, shoes and clothing in the appropriate RHS colours for a lot cheaper than you can buy it new.
  • Ask other Hatters if they have anything lying around they aren’t using – perhaps organise a swap at your next gathering, so people can get rid of things they no longer need, and others can grab some new things they do need.
  • If you find a hat in the wrong colour, you can try dying it (fabric hats) or using a florists spray to make it pink or red.  Regular spray paint can rub off, so that isn’t recommended, if you do try spray paint, don’t do the inside where it can rub off on your skin.
  • Dye clothing – Lavender clothing in particular seems to be difficult to find, so look for white clothing that you can dye lavender.  Just remember to use the right type of dye for the type of material you are wanting to dye – and remember that you may get unpredictable results with blends of polyester/cotton fabrics.  But it can be fun, and gives you a greater variety of clothing to wear.
  • Check ebay for cheap hats, fascinators as well as clothing and accessories.  There’s heaps of great stuff there!
  • Make a hat!  – see the Millinery tutorials page for some hat & fascinator tutorials.  Or if you don’t want to make it from scratch, take a plain hat and add some decorations.  A feather boa can instantly give a plain hat some pizzazz.  Tie a lightweight scarf around the base of the hat and clip on some hair flowers for a removable decoration you can transfer to other hats as needed.
  • Your hat doesn’t have to be solely red or pink – You can use a white or straw hat and add flowers and ribbons in the appropriate colours.


Remember that at a minimum you can wear “Red on the Head, Purple on the Shoulder”.  So that would be a purple/lavender scarf or shawl  around your shoulders with a red/pink hat while you are waiting to find for your full regalia.  You don’t need to be completely dressed in purple/lavender from head to toe either, a top/cardigan over another coloured jeans/skirt would suffice.  Although “dressing up to the nines” is fun!


Royal Name Ideas

It is customary for Hatters to take on a fanciful name to be known as while they are Hatting.  It’s a bit of fun and a chance to give yourself a Royal Title.  If you are having trouble coming up with your Red Hatting name, here are some suggestions.


Coming up with a name

A Red Hatting Royal Name generally has 2 parts – a royal title of some kind, and then a name that is usually somehow descriptive of the person or the position they hold in the chapter.   You can include your actual name, or it can be just a whimsical name that doesn’t include your actual name at all. You shouldn’t use the “Queen” or “Vice Queen” title unless you are the leader or co-leader of a chapter – as that is what those titles refer to.  Other royal titles are ok to use though.

So think about what sort of title you would like, and then what words would describe you, or what words you would like to have as your name.  Add them together and you get your Red Hatter name!

To give you an idea – I’ve made an online random Red Hatter name generator.  Click here to go to the generator page, click the “generate name” button and see what it comes up with!


Example Titles

Archbishopress, Babette, Baroness, Chairwoman, Consort, Contessa, Countess, Chatelaine, Crone, Czarina, Dame, Diva, Duchess,  Earless, Eminence, Empress, Enchantress, Fair Maiden, Goddess, Governess, Her Royal, Highness, High Priestess, Jester, Judgette, Lady, Madam, Madame, Magess, Majesty, Mamzelle, Marchioness, Majesty, Marquissa, Matriarch, Mayoress, Mistress, Peeress, Pinkie, President, Priestess, Prime Ministress, Princess, Purveyor, Ranee, Regent, Sultana, Sultaness, Tsarina,  Viscountess.


Example Names

(Some of these are actual Red Hatter names, some are suggestions)

  • Amethyst Princess
  • Baroness Bargain Hunter
  • Baroness Belle Chapeau
  • Baroness Bookworm
  • Baroness Bossy Boots
  • Baroness Bownty-Full
  • Baroness de Rouge
  • Baroness of Boobs
  • Baroness of Bulge
  • Baroness Von Blab A Lot
  • Baroness Von Krapponalott
  • Baroness Von Hooters
  • Bodacious Baroness
  • Billie-Lily-Ring-a-Dingy
  • Countess Court Jest-Her
  • Contessa Cabernet
  • Contessa Coffee Bean
  • Contessa d’Champers
  • Contessa of Cosmos
  • Contessa of Glitz
  • Contessa of Sparkle & Sass
  • Countess Champers
  • Countess of Cats
  • Countess of Cleavage
  • Countess of Creativity
  • Countess of Good Cheer
  • Countess of Libations
  • Countess of the Old Bat’s Mobile
  • Court Jester
  • Crone-in-Command
  • Crone Joan
  • Dame Depends
  • Dame of Hotsey Totsey
  • Dame of Whine and Roses
  • Delightful Diva of Red Feathers
  • Divine Diva of Disorder
  • Duchess Ding-a-Ling
  • Duchess Does Little
  • Duchess of Do Little
  • Duchess of Double, Double, Toil and Trouble
  • Duchess of Vices
  • Dutchess of Yarn
  • Duchess Shop A Lot
  • Duchess Short Stuff
  • Empress of E-Bay
  • Empress of Eccentricity
  • Empress of Elegance
  • Empress of Ha-Ha
  • Empress Mystique
  • Empress Wine-o-Lot
  • Exalted Keeper of the Mindatorium
  • Goddess Gad About
  • Goddess Get it Done
  • Goddess of Frivality
  • Goddess of Garage Sales
  • Goddess of Glitz
  • Goddess of the Green Thumb
  • Governess of Celebration
  • Governess of Nonsense
  • Grand Belle of Flooze and Feathers
  • Grand Dame of Desserts
  • Grand Diva of Pizzazz
  • Grand Duchess of CATerwauling
  • Guardian of Geekdom
  • Healer of Heart and Soul
  • Her Highness Handler of History
  • Her Highness Hot Lips
  • Her Highness Hysterical Historian
  • Her Hot Flushingness
  • Her Royal Hotsy Totsy
  • Her Serene Silliness
  • Her Undeniable Naughtiness
  • High Priestess of Poetry
  • Instigator of Impetuousness
  • La Condessa Loca
  • Lady Adventure
  • Lady Catherine of the Chocolates
  • Lady Centerpiece
  • Lady Crimson
  • Lady Dragonfly
  • Lady Flamingo
  • Lady Hoity Toity
  • Lady Lives It Up To The Last
  • Lady LaDeeDa
  • Lady Late-a-lot
  • Lady Laughs-A-Lott
  • Lady Lock-up
  • Lady Munchkin
  • Lady Tartan-It-Up
  • Lady of Camping
  • Lady of Laughter
  • Lady of Leisure
  • Lady of the Loo
  • Lady Tulips
  • Lady Twinkle Toes
  • Lady of Walking
  • La Femme Fatale
  • La Femme Royale
  • Luscious Lady of the Lake
  • Madam de Plonk
  • Madame LaMuncherie
  • Madam Work in Progress
  • Magical Maestro
  • Miss Chevious
  • Mistress of Anxiety
  • Mistress of Ineptitude
  • Mistress of Manners
  • Mistress of Merriment
  • Mistress of Merriment and Mischief
  • Mistress of the Vast Waistland
  • Periwinkle Princess
  • Pretty Princess
  • Prime Ministress of Rulelessness
  • Princess Delight
  • Princess Procrastination
  • Princess Peoney
  • Princess Picture Perfect
  • Purple Passion Majesty
  • Princess Cind-a-lot of Spend-a-lot
  • Queen a da Ritz
  • Queen of Hearts
  • Queen of Vices
  • Royal Court Damsel
  • Ruler of Secrecy, Mystery and Clever Antics
  • The Chairman Of The Board
  • The Mad Hatter
  • Viscountess of Vast Waistland
  • Viscountess of Visiting
  • Viscountess Von Foo Foo
  • Your Grace Lady Ruby Red


Example Chapter Role Names

(If you have designated roles in the chapter, the titles for those roles could be something like these)

  • Treasurer = Keeper of the Koins, Duchess of Dough, Miss Moneybags, Purveyor of the Purple Privy Purse
  • Secretary/Communications = Town Crier, Contessa d’Communique, Dutchess of Dialing, Empress of Email, Duchess Ding-a-Ling
  • Event Organiser =  Mistress of Tourism, Events Un-Coordinator, Chatelaine of Adventure Outings, Regent of Reservations
  • Birthday Organiser = Baroness of Birthdays, Dame of Dates,
  • Photographer = Countess Shutterbug, Dame Purple Paparazzi, Kountess Kodak, Priestess of Point and Click



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