The health benefits of the Mediterranean diet are endless, so why not swap out the standard burger-and-beans fare and host a Mediterranean-themed cookout? Start with these tips for decorating an outdoor table, and then it's time to think about the menu. A loaded mezze platter, juicy lamb kebabs, and a captivating cheese plate are just a few of the highlights. Want to know a little secret? Many of the items can be made ahead, and the recipes are foolproof, even for a beginner. So go ahead and get those barbecue invitations sent out. Your friends are going to want in on this.
— Styling by Emily Bibb, Angela Elias, Annie Gabillet, and Nicole Perry