Thursday, September 24, 2015

Welcome to our hat party and a chance to win ...

Hosted by Victoria Abbott aka Victoria and Mary Jane Maffini






Many of you are not on Facebook, so I thought that I’d like to share a little bit of the fun we had last night at our Hat Party on The Cozy Chicks Group.  Why shouldn’t you come to the party too? So: Welcome everyone.  Pull up a chair and have a cuppa.

The theme was what hat would you wear to a tea party? We encouraged people to post pix of themselves in hats.   We (Victoria and Mary Jane) LOVE hats and any opportunity to camp it up in them.  What better excuse than our forthcoming Tea With The Cozy Chicks, a book all us are very proud of.  We’ve each contributed a combination of special tea menus, tidbits, memories, facts, wardrobe suggestions, dream tea rooms and so much more.  


We weren’t sure if anyone would show up, but show up they did, including some of you.  It was a very busy spot with some great hats and commentary.  Here are a few!

We were thrilled to be joined, not only by ladies in hats and ladies in hats they wished they owned, but also cats in hats, dogs in hats, and ladies without hats.  Here's Ransom Oldsmobile's darling little 'Warlock'. 


 Did I dream there was a rabbit? Or was that just a reference to Leann’s Mad Hatter’s Tea Party in Tea Time?  Here's Leann's suggestion!


Our Ellery wondered what hat people might want to wear to a tea at Storiton Hall.   Here’s one of her great ideas!




Duffy Brown looked very elfin in her Christmas hat.  A Santa Tea perhaps?  She’s bringing the tea.  You can always count on Duffy to bring fun and energy.  


Our friend Karen M. (a regular here at The Cozy Chicks)   

posted a shot of herself in New Orleans at the St Catherine’s (patron saint of milliners) party. That woul have been a blast!


The whole thing was tons of fun. 


Daisy and Lily tried to sneak in with their gents’ straw Trilbies.  They were stylin’ though! Peachy the Pug is always dressed for an event.  


Victoria and I had a great time and I even had a chance to sneak in a photo of my mum (and Victoria’s grandmother) who set the tone for hats and teas always.  One of the things I loved doing for the book was writing a memory of the afternoon teas my mother used to host back in the dim mists of time. The tea book has been good for us too.

At a mother daughter tea in the dim mists of time! We all wore hat then.

The Kindle is available for pre-order now and the print version PREORDER link will be announced VERY soon with much fanfare (you know how excited we are!) I know you will all love it!
Now, how about you? Do you have a hat to wear to the party? Tell us about it!

Leave a comment and your email addy and you may win this wonderful teapot!

41 comments:

holdenj said...

What a fun post! Love all the pics! Sadly, my best 'hat' is one of service, an old blue and grey knit one, complete with pom-pom, that I wear when I shovel the driveway! I'm sure I could pull it off at a tea party, my granny would be proud! :)

Mary Jane Maffini said...

No reason you couldn't have a snow tea party, using some of our recipes and menus. Details to be determined as they say. Wink wink!

Thanks for coming by!

Victoria and MJ

Anonymous said...

I love tea party's and hats. So fun. I have several elegant ones

Patsy said...

All I have is a big straw gardening hat. Do you think that would do?

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Well, you are welcome to our tea party! We'd love to see your hats too. Hugs!

Mary Jane Maffini said...

We think that would be great, especially as some of our teas are outside. But even inside a big hat rocks! Hugs.

Debbie Carney said...

I love Tea parties and living in Florida can have them all year long. Long this tea pot ,would be wonderful A pot of tea a nice hat and a cozy mystery


debbiec1313@yahoo.com

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Thanks, Debbie! Year round sounds great to us Canadian gals, Debbie! Thanks for coming by. We hope you'll use Tea Time With The Cozy Chicks all year too.

Hugs.

Lois said...

I really do not wear hats except in the winter. I do drink tea everyday. Looking for to Tea Time With The Cozy Chicks.

Shirley Layne said...

I wear hats in the winter and not sock hats but stylish ones. I love tea, that is my drink of choice. I would love to win that teapot. I have a great niece that collects teapots and that would be wonderful to add to her collection. She has been collecting them for several years and she is only 15 yrs old.

Grandma Cootie said...

All my hats are functional - the sock hat for the cold, the floppy flowery hat for my walks, and everything has a hood. Not too fashionable, I guess. Some dear old church friends hosted a hat tea party many years ago. They were cousins and had quite the collection which they shared with us. All these pictures have reminded me of that party and those terrific (feisty) women.
sallycootie@gmail.com

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Thanks, Lois! Winter tea it is! We know you'll love Tea Time! Hugs.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

We are tea lovers too, Shirley! How neat that your niece has a tea pot collection. She'll probably love the Tea Time book too.

Hugs.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

That sounds like an amazing party, Sally! We had a great time with our Facebook party, but the real deal would have been great. Hugs!

ptclayton said...

I love hats as they shade me from the sun. In fact I have just a hat from my husbands company he works for that I throw on when I am gardening or out with the girls when they have to do their business good thing noone can see me. When I go to the SF Giants game i have an old time bucket hat that my kids gave me one time when they took me to a game and I have all my pins from the Giants on there and I love it. My fav hat from above is the mad hatter as it is so big and fun ! ptclayton2@aol.com

Christina Blevins said...

I love big hats. Like the one pictured in the photo taken in New Orleans. I am planning my first tea with family and friends and when it comes to hats the bigger the better :-) I think they are very stylish. Chrtinablevins797@gmail.com

petite said...

I love hats, and tea parties too since I am crazy for tea. I have a black beautiful cowboy hat which is my favorite since the era of cowboys and Westerns was meaningful. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

Sheryl Hagan-Booth said...

Me and Esther love a good tea party! Dolls and tea parties always go together, don't you think? We are from Kentucky, so we love Derby type hats. Sherylhbooth(at)gmail(dot)com

traveler said...

Tea Parties are my favorite backyard escape especially during the summer when I can wear a lovely floral hat with gorgeous and striking colours. I enjoyed the photos and the beautiful post. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Nancy said...

I've never been to a tea party, but have sipped a lot of tea. My grandmother used to keep a big pot going all day, adding bags and hot water. I never saw her take the old bags out. Maybe she did when I wasn't looking.
The Facebook tea party was fun!

Leann Sweeney said...

It was great fun, MJ and you and your daughter were hostesses with the mostest!

Mary Jane Maffini said...

They all sounds great! I'd love to see the mad hatter one!

Hugs. MJ

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Sounds wonderful, Christina! There are a lot of great menus and recipe in Tea Time With The Cozy Chicks. I am planning a couple of teas myself now. I agree. Karen's hat looks amazing.

Hugs.

MJ

Mary Jane Maffini said...

That hat sounds very dramatic! I think a cowboy tea would be fun too.
Thanks for coming by.

Hugs.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

You gals look great! Thanks for posting those hats on my FB page. We think you add a lot to the party!


Hugs.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Tea parties in the backyard are wonderful. Floral hats make it perfect. Thanks for your kind words.

Hugs

Sue said...

I've never been to a tea party---but it sounds like fun. I haven't had a hat since I was a teenager----I had a pill box hat I just loved.
suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

Mary Jane Maffini said...

I love the story about your grandmother, Nancy. That tea must have been quite bracing!

It was fun having you at the tea party!

Hugs.

Janet McCord said...

I love wearing hats! My favorite hat was the one I wore in May to my son's wedding! I lived in Scotland for 5 1/2 years so I love the tea and scones scene too although coffee is still my favorite! <wink to Cleo Coyle? JanetL621@yahoo.com

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Thanks, Leann. Sometimes we feel like the girliest with the silliest! We were so happy you could spend so much time with the guests at the party.

Hugs.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

A pill box hat! They were fabulous. Sue. MJ remembers them too. Very Jackie Kennedy. Even if you haven't been to a tea party, you'd be a pro with the tips in Tea Time With The Cozy Chicks.

Thanks for coming by, Sue.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Thanks, Janet. Of course, you know about tea time. I missed a photo of that hat, but I can just imagine it.

So glad to see you here.

Hugs.

Barbara T. said...

I have many sun hats. Wish I would remember

Barbara T. said...

Oops! I did decorate a hat with various rubber stamp products to enter a contest. It got heavy wearing it. Bobbipad@gmail.com

Mary Zborowski said...

Alas, I also only have sunhats, winter hats, and my trusty Tilly hat. Nothing fancier than that! But I also do drink tea every day...

Mary Jane Maffini said...

I love that! A heavy hat at the tea party!

Hugs.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

And we don't always have to be fancy schmancy! I hope you are enjoying life.

Hugs.

Kathleen Costa said...

It's sad that women don't don hats on a regular basis. Hats always seem to be relegated to weddings, fancy parties, beach days. I'd love to feel comfortable wearing hats More regularly. kat8762@aol.com

servedogmom said...

It looks like I missed a grand party. I don't have any fancy hats, but I do have several Sunny day hats and lots of winter hats to protect one from fierce winds, snow and wind chills. The most fun I ever had with a fancy hat was at a Mary Poppins tea at Disneyland. They provided many fine hats and boas for pictures. Servedogmon@yahoo.com

Gail said...

This is delightful fun. I love tea parties and the hats are wonderful! Cheers!

Lynn Delage said...

I used to be in a Red Hat Society Group so I have several lovely hats. I also have a bunch of hats I that I often wear to church. I just love hats. I have never been to a proper tea party but always thought it would be fun. I hope some one who can really appreciate and the teapot.