Alda Ellis, author, speaker and entrepreneur, founded the Alda’s Forever Company and has been designing and producing fine gifts of historical reproductions since 1989. Alda is noted for traveling extensively, promoting Arkansas, including India and China. She is the author of over 24 books including Sentimental Living , A Table of Grace , The Christmas Guest and The Gentle Art of Hospitality. Alda's book, Velvet Noses is for those who love horses. Alda is a frequent “on air” personality with QVC and graduate of the QVC School of Excellence. She was featured presenter/ speaker at the Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining show, with Paula Deen & Bobby Flay. Washington, D.C. Nov. 2008. Alda is a Tea Educator, Consultant and Speaker at Las Vegas World Tea Expo for the past 4 years. She hosted 19 episodes of the television show, Sentimental Living with VTN and hosted the hour long PBS entertaining special, Sentimental Living. Most notable, the company was feature cover story of Nation’s Business magazine. The company was sold in July 2007 .
Now she and her husband Buddy, are enjoying sharing the home and horses they love. She serves as Vice President Board of Directors, (UALR) University of Arkansas at Little Rock Ottenheimer Library. Alda serves on the Harvest Time International Board of Directors, Sanford, FL (A world hunger organization). As a community activist, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Pulaski County Historical Society. She and her husband "Buddy" have been married 38 years with two sons. Alda is a breast cancer survivor, losing her mother to breast cancer and she remains active in promoting Breast Cancer Awareness. Alda says, "Being blessed with such a beautiful historical home, it is our joy in sharing it."
...for fairy tale weddings
Getting ready for a television interview with Jeanne Caldwell.
Entertaining with Style...
"Wedding Week" , as seen on KATV television, an ABC affliate
Entertaining with Style...
"Fall Tailgate" , as seen on KATV television, an ABC affliate
“ Style… it cannot be bought. It is not what you wear, but who you are: Style is the way you decorate your house; it is your taste in books, music, poetry and art; it is the way you arrange your flowers. Style is the personal touch you give to everything and everyone in your life. Style has nothing to do with money, but it is the way you live your life.”
"Our dogs always had cold noses, and our little boys always had runny noses... but our horses always had Velvet Noses."
Today, Magnolia Hill is the historical lakeside estate owned by entrepreneurs, Alda and Buddy Ellis to offer brides and their families the most fairytale wedding venue complete with horse and carriage, white dove release, fireworks display and vintage cars. Scattered about the property you can find horses, sculptures and flowers, which emit a feeling of warmth that all guests enjoy. The gardens are lit at night with white party lights that make it feel as if you are dancing amongst the stars.
Dr. Morgan Smith (1868-1935) was a faculty member in Pediatrics at University of Arkansas Medical Sciences from 1904-1935 and also the Dean of the College of Medicine from 1912-1927. He built his Magnolia Hill home on historic Hwy. 5 or Stagecoach Road. The Stagecoach Road (or Hwy 5 ) area is known for the Civil War battles and its rich historic past.
The 31 acre estate returned to its turn of the century charm by its current owners, Alda & Buddy Ellis. It is placed on the National Historic Register of Places by the United States Department of Interior.
Alda's latest book,
Southern Teatime Pleasures
Along with Giada De Laurentis, Bobby Flay and Paula Deen, Alda was featured speaker and presenter at the Metropolitan Cooking Show in Washington, D.C.
Whether you are planning an intimate romantic elopement for just the two of you or a large family gathering, the historic Magnolia HIll is the perfect location to host your wedding and reception. It will be an event you and your guests will forever remember.
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Velvet Noses, by Alda Ellisext.