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Featured upload! Buffet Tables with Custom/Alternative Foods

by MaryLou Posted 28th Jun 2007 at 6:34 PM - Updated 21st Nov 2008 at 1:11 PM by -Maylin-
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This is a new mesh, and means that it's a brand new self contained object that usually does not require a specific Expansion pack (although this is possible depending on the type). It may have Recolours hosted on MTS - check below the description for more information.
This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.

Fully Animated - Custom Plates included
Compatible with any EP and the BASE GAME only.

Are you tired of the "usual food" served on the same buffet-table ?
Turkey and salad are too sophisticated for your student house party, or too cheap for your luxury wedding party ?

Here are for you three different meshes: each one with alternative food !
  • Buffet Table with Salmon - Baked Alaska - Pork Chop
    It's ideal for a party or a pleasant dinner with friends.
  • Buffet Table with Lobster Thermidor - Profiterolles - Spaghetti
    Ideal for a "formal" party, a special event, an important ceremony.
  • Buffet Table with Grilled Cheese Sandwich - Hamburger - Layer Cake
    For a student house party or a country family reunion.

Installation Instructions

The custom plates must be installed to get the buffet tables work fine.
The buffet table with Lobster-Profiterolles-Spaghetti requires also the dessert "Profiterolles"
Inside the rar archive you'll find all the files needed.
  • MaryLou_BuffetTable_Salmon-BakedAlaska-PorkChop.rar
  • MaryLou_BuffetTable_Lobster-Profiterolles-Spaghetti.rar
  • MaryLou_BuffetTable_Sandwich-Cake-Hamburger.rar

If you do NOT install the custom plates, or delete the files from your Downloads folder, the game will warn you of their failure to appear.

Extract the packages from the rar archives and put them in the Downloads folder (use an archive program, or the Q-Xpress auto-installer)

The Buffet Tables are compatible with *any game*, including the base-game only.

In game usage

You'll find the Buffet Tables in the Buy Mode catalog -> Misc -> Party
They are available in the residential and community lots.

OFB Users: The buffet tables are available in the commercial lots too.
Only the Owner can serve ( and so will pay) the foods: Employees and Managers can only clean the leftovers.
You can put on sale in your shops ONLY the single portions, they can be placed in refridgerators.

Seasons Users: you can use also the new option "Put Leftover Away/Get Leftover", but ONLY with the single portions of the foods.


When you'll buy a buffet table this will be fully empty, without any food.
The decorative food will show up along with the eating foods, and it will get spoiled.

Each buffet table has a different custom price set for its foods.
  • Salmon = 90 - BakedAlaska = 70 - PorkChop = 80
  • Lobster = 150 - Profiterolles = 90 - Spaghetti = 70
  • Tramezzini/Sandwich = 50 - Torta/Cake = 60 - Hamburger = 50

The Buffet Table with Sandwich-Cake-Hamburger has more realistic animation: the portions are visually removed from the serving platter one by one.

Sandwich Hamburger


The buffet-tables are partly recolourable and each one is autonomous from the others.
Each buffet includes, in addition to its default color, also two coordinated recolors to the other two.

You can recolor the table cloth, the serve plates and the decorative items on the table, exception for the decorative piles of plates representing the plates of the single portions.

You can NOT recolor the foods, even those that are decorative.

In order to facilitate to create recolors, I have made a spacial recolor pack, to clone, that includes a texture-template.
So to create recolors, use Simpe, and CLONE (do NOT recolour it!) the file MaryLou_BuffetTable_RECOLOR-TEMPLATE.package and replace the texture-template with your own one. This package is NOT supposed to be put in the Downloads folder.

I have already made two special recolor packs: "MaryLou_BuffetTable_Recolor-WhiteSilver.package" and "MaryLou_BuffetTable_Recolor-Hearts.package". These recolors will apply to all the three buffet tables.
You can find these files into the rar archive MaryLou_BuffetTable_RECOLORS.rar

As usually, many, many thanks to Numenor for his advice, suggestions and beta-tester

Redistribution Policy
You can include these items in your lots and post the lots ONLY on free sites (NO EXCHANGE!!!), but you must credit me and provide a link to this very thread (not just to MTS2).
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
MaryLou_BuffetTable_Salmon-BakedAlaska-PorkChop.rar 322.5 KB 39,727 28th Jun 2007
MaryLou_BuffetTable_Lobster-Profiterolles-Spaghetti.rar 611.5 KB 38,804 28th Jun 2007
MaryLou_BuffetTable_Sandwich-Cake-Hamburger.rar 379.9 KB 37,507 28th Jun 2007
MaryLou_BuffetTable_RECOLORS.rar 165.4 KB 32,255 28th Jun 2007
MaryLou_BuffetTable_RECOLOR-TEMPLATE.rar 15.8 KB 25,940 28th Jun 2007
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Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract: Use WinRAR (Windows) or Stuffit (Mac) to extract the .package file(s) from the .rar or .zip file(s).

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Windows Vista/7/8: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\


4. Place in Program Files: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your appropriate Install folder:
  • Windows XP: C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Windows Vista/7/8: C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Windows Vista/7/8: C:\Program Files(x86)\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Origin: C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Fun with Pets\SP9\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins

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