You don't have to live south of the Mason–Dixon line to throw a mighty fine BBQ reception.

A palette of black, yellow, and red accents helped focus the décor and bring the look together. Here, rough–hewn tables were gussied up with bandanna napkins, playful centerpieces (made from six–packs!), and inexpensive oilcloth covers. Event design, H DeVinn Bruce (646–337–6108). Flowers, Jiménez Designs (212–541–4281). Restaurant, Hill Country Barbecue Market, New York City.