The most recent Afternoon Tea Party at a private home in Boulder Creek on Friday drew Madame Ya Ya's Red Hat Ladies from throughout the Scotts Valley, San Lorenzo Valley and Santa Cruz areas. The women say they cause “shenanigans and chaos everywhere” but

Did you know there is a Madam Ya Ya’s Red Hat Society in our community? Queen Arlene LaBorde knows and she is telling us all about it.
She explains that this is a group of older ladies from the San Lorenzo Valley and Santa Cruz areas which values friendship, fun and frivolity. Their motto is “Live the life you have and live it well!” Only those over 50 years of age can wear the bold colors of a red or purple hat; those under 50 must wear pink or lavender.
On Tuesday, April 1, the Red Hat Ladies attended a tea party at Susan Koeker’s lovely home in Boulder Creek. It overlooks the forest where the creek could be heard swirling below the balcony. Red Hat Hostess Lady Susan Koeker came out to greet the guests in her laced linen white apron. The Madam Ya Ya’s Ladies entered bearing their sweet delicious treats to share.
There was home-made fudge, three types of tea sandwiches, cookies, deviled eggs, Italian cookies from Ben Lomond Baking Company, strawberries, and many more delicious items. Three silver pitchers stood on the table: one containing black tea, one with hot water, and one with milk.
The table was set with flower-patterned tea plates, cups and saucers. Lace napkins were an additional nice touch.
The Red Hat Ladies really enjoyed Susan’s home and the attention extended, the meal, the leisurely time, the gift awards, and the fun shared by all. Queen Arlene exclaimed, “How could one not feel like a wealthy socialite in an atmosphere like this?”

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