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Your Party, Your Way Buffet Tables

by heaven Posted 12th Apr 2015 at 11:00 PM - Updated 12th Apr 2015 at 11:26 PM by heaven
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I don't know about y'all but my sims are pretty darn tired of autumn salad, stuffed turkey, and cookies at those buffet tables. And though I might not have kids yet, I know enough about them to know serving that kind of food at a kid's birthday party might lead to the holy grail of meltdown temper tantrums.

Behind the Scenes
Icarus_allsorts has a fabulous Resort Buffet Table mod that allows players to choose the meals served within the resort and also use on community lots. But what about parties on home lots? Or themed parties? Turns out, IngeJones has a pay buffet mod for players wanting to run a home business. With her permission, I poked at her mod and got it working with the store buffet tables as well.

While I was at it, I also played with the channels to make the best use of them and, in some cases, get a bit more functionality out of the tables.

But what does it do?
This mod brings up an extended pie menu for the buffet tables. When you click on the table, instead of only getting an option to "Serve", players can now choose which meal will be served in each slot. Players can also choose to charge sims for the food.

Meal Selection:
  • 3 Categories - Meat/Fish, Vegetarian, and Dessert
  • Any meal that has the "group serving" code can be chosen. This includes bar food like shrimp cocktail and nachos.
  • If you have store content installed that adds recipes, they will also be added.*,**
  • When placed on a residential lot, the active family for that lot receives payment.
  • On all other lots, the person who served receives payment. They must be on the same lot as the buffet.
  • If you set a price, there is a possibility some sims will consider it too expensive.
  • Price can be set to §0 if you do not wish to charge your guests.
*Store premium content that adds recipes: Sizzle Baby Pro Deep Fryer, Chun Co. Teppanyaki Grill, Wood Fire Oven, and the Baker's Station.
**Due to the way EA coded the recipes, the meals from the Baker's Station show up under Vegetarian or Meat, rather than desserts. I assume they had some reason for doing it this way, other than just being EA. Basically, if you want to serve apple cobbler, don't expect to find it under the desserts!

Channel Information:
Velocitygrass's mod was a great help to me before I undertook this project. However, it could only go so far in making these items as versatile as they could be. It can still be useful, particularly for the winter buffet (see below in the channel breakdown) so I would definitely recommend it. However, I still wanted to adjust the masks to make better use of the channels. To me, the most exciting one I worked on is the Holiday Winter buffet table. Before, it had only 2 presets: both came with predesigned tablecloth, garland, and presents. I saw greater potential for it though so, with some adjustments and the help of TextureTweaker, it can now be used in all manner of gift giving parties: Christmas, birthdays, baby showers, etc.

Mod Notes
There are 2 sets of downloads:
  1. heaven_BuffetTable_DefaultReplacements: will replace EA's version of the buffet tables and will conflict with any other mods that alter the same OBJD instances (listed below).
  2. heaven_BuffetTables: Stand-alone versions in case you do not want default replacements.
  • You can have either or both (though both would be really silly).
  • Built on patch 1.63
  • Should be compatible with 1.67 as well. I am unsure about earlier patches.

Additional Credits:
IngeJones, most importantly, for making the original buffet script and giving me permission to work with it.
Buckley, for doing additional testing for me.
Tools: S3OC, S3PE, TT3, Gimp

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Type: Additional Functionality

Tags: #buffet, #buffet table, #food, #party, #parties