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Memories Thru The Ages Convention

My first proper Red Hat Society convention – and it was FABULOUS!

(I have lots of photos to show!)

I had the opportunity to have a merchandise stall there as well – for my “Amaranthine” jewellery/accessories (which paid for my accommodation and convention fees – or I’d have not been able to justify going).

The convention started at 2pm, so we got there at about 12:30 (a little later than planned) and the foyer was already full of ladies and the upstairs merchandise area was already full of shoppers (I was the last to arrive and set up).  I didn’t have a chance to get to my room, I had to leave my luggage under the table and start setting up ASAP, as I had ladies trying to rummage through my travel crates as I was trying to set up 🙂  Eager!

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Where we were set up had a little open space – it was like there was a small old house inside the hotel (I assume the hotel expanded to the land the house was on, and it was protected, so they built around it?)

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One of the lovely ladies minded my stall while I ran off to sign in.  We all got convention pouches with our names on them, a commemorative pin, a pen and a timetable of the events.  For those going on tours their tickets were inside as well.  Queens had a special crown and the “Queen” ribbon – special!

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Another lovely lady brought me my room key, because I couldn’t get away to go check in at the hotel.  Just before dinner I made it up to my room…  Our Queen had made us all name plates to put on our doors.

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Time to get changed into our “Beach Party” attire, go to the royal party room for a bit, then down to have canapes and dinner.

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Our tables had special placemats, themed menus and centrepieces and a little thong luggage tag gift.

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We (The Ruby Gumnut Goddesses chapter) had all made “jellyfish” hats! (Which Ann and I had put on our lamps in the photo of our room)

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(I stole these next 2 photos from someone else so you can see the hats 😀 😉 )

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Yes, someone brought a surfboard!  LOL!!

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I took a little bit of video of the dancing – mostly to get the hilarious bikini tshirts!  They were so funny I had to buy one the following day 😀

Saturday morning was an early (7am) breakfast, so the ladies going off on tours could get away early.

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Buffet breakfast with HEAPS of food (sausages, bacon, scrambled eggs, tomatoes, yoghurt, several cereals, fresh fruit, sliced cheeses and meats, various breads (and a toaster), muffins and pastries! I grabbed a muffin to have for morning tea 😉  After breakfast the vendors opened our stalls again, although there weren’t many people around.  We spent all day talking.  Luckily one of the ladies had her husband come in and we gave him Subway orders so we could get lunch without leaving the hotel 😀

Later in the afternoon there was a hatmaking workshop where the ladies made fascinators from folded placemats – the creativity of the ladies was amazing!

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Then it was time to start getting ready for the Boot Scooting Cowboy themed dinner!

Place settings were amazing!  We had placemats which were all different with different sayings on them.  A red bandana, fake moustache, notepad and a bag of popcorn.  The centrepieces and menus were also themed.

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You have to watch out for those saucy Hatters patting poor waiters on the bum 😉

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A slight sleep in with an 8am breakfast – this time a Mad Hatters Pajama theme!  I’d been so stressed over sewing and making stock I somehow forgot about the mad hatter bit until the last minute, so I only had a normal hat.  But that was ok.  I’ve always wanted to go to a Red Hatter Pj breakfast, it sounded like such fun – and it was!  (and not just because it’s any excuse to not get dressed in the morning, I’ll have you know I got up and had a shower, changed to clean underwear and put my Pjs back on to go to breakfast :P)

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The tables were decorated with Alice in Wonderland themed centrepieces.  We had a felt teapot with teabag and a little present with a Red Hatter necklace in it!

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There was also a bowl of chocolate lips, which I put to good use 😀

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… and convinced others to get in on the fun 😀

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(I love that photo so much!!!!!)

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We finished off with a parade of Chapter Banners (I really need to make a Millinery Madames banner!)

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Then a small Queen’s Council (meeting of the chapter Queens who were at the convention).

It was a really great weekend, and I can’t wait to go to the next one (2019!)

 

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