My summer party: Lewis Miller

How the flower guru curates a poolside lunch

When it comes to luxe events, Lewis Miller, the New York City-based founder of Lewis Miller Design, knows how to execute them perfectly. Whether it’s a rustic farm wedding or opulent housewarming, his parties all have one thing in common: stunning floral displays. In celebration of LGBTQ pride this month, Miller is partnering with Equinox to do a series of his signature flower flashes (placing arrangements in unexpected places). The first kicks off on June 19 with a colorful display at the New York City AIDS Memorial outside of the Equinox Greenwich Avenue club.

And gorgeous flowers are present at his own personal get-togethers, too. “In summer, I prefer a poolside lunch rather than a traditional dinner party,” says Miller. “They have a more relaxed vibe, conversations are less formal and more fun, and impromptu dance parties can occur,” he says. “Plus, if the discussions get too heated, everyone can jump in the pool to cool off.”

Here, Miller shares what’s he’s serving, the music, and more.

on the menu

“There will be a giant wood serving board filled with charcuterie, cheeses, fresh locally-grown vegetables, dips such as hummus, dolmades, fruit, and pickled ramps. It’s communal, healthy, and everyone can graze at their leisure.”

what we’re drinking

“Refreshing Aperol spritzers and chilled rosé are my go-tos. My team and I just did a wedding at the Wölffer Estate Vineyard in the Hamptons and their grandioso rosé is really delicious.”

the decor

“I’ll have a custom-made cedar picnic table by the pool draped in Les Indiennes block-printed cloth, Portuguese leaf plates, and small English mustard pots filled with grasses from the meadow and white wild roses from the edge of my property. It’s simple, uncomplicated, and elegant.”

the guest list

“My closest friends with whom I feel most comfortable will be in attendance. Weekends are for unwinding and endless amounts of laughter and lounging.”

the playlist

“I leave the music to my sweetheart Kyle. It’s a mix of Leon Bridges, Jorja Smith, Zayn, Kalpee, Hayden James, and Childish Gambino.”