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Your Party, Your Way Buffet Tables

by heaven Posted 13th Apr 2015 at 12:00 AM - Updated 13th Apr 2015 at 12:26 AM 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.*,**
Payment:
  • 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

You must have the expansion, game version or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Sims 3
Built with Game Version: 1.63
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
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heaven_BuffetTables_DefaultReplacements.rar

Size: 2.34 MB · Downloads: 8,615 · 13th Apr 2015
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heaven_BuffetTables.rar

Size: 2.76 MB · Downloads: 14,413 · 13th Apr 2015
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Basic Download and Install Instructions:

See: Game Help:TS3 CC Basicswiki for a full guide!
 
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Test Subject
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#2 Old 13th Apr 2015 at 12:28 AM
Just awesome!!
One Minute Ninja'd
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#3 Old 13th Apr 2015 at 12:35 AM
Very clever! I hated getting Vegetarian Lobster Thermador at parties (no offense to vegans out there, my daughter is one, too). And while I consider charging guests for party food somewhat tacky, it's nice the option is available if I ever want to make a few bucks throwing a shindig.
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#4 Old 13th Apr 2015 at 12:46 AM
Thanks so much!
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#5 Old 13th Apr 2015 at 12:49 AM
You're welcome, all of you!

And eskie, yes, that's why I particularly tested if charging nothing would work, lol! That's part of Inge's script and, from the name, I believe it was created for running home businesses. Perhaps your sims can throw some kind of charitable benefit and charge per plate?

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#6 Old 13th Apr 2015 at 4:00 AM Last edited by desiree101 : 13th Apr 2015 at 6:16 AM.
This is great, thank you!
So to be sure, I still have inge's buffet table installed which I use regularly, do I need to uninstall hers to use yours, since yours do the same things and more? Could I use your default mod together with Inge's mod if I wanted to use both (which I probably won't eventually lol)?

Edit: Sorry for the questions, but the stand-alone zip file has only 4 items (not including the 'buffet table) whereas the defaults has 5 including the 'buffet table' package - is this intentional? I would like to use the stand-alone tables but there's only the 'seasons' tables available.
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#7 Old 13th Apr 2015 at 5:50 AM
Thanks!
Mad Poster
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#8 Old 13th Apr 2015 at 6:58 AM
This is fantastic, thank you
Field Researcher
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#9 Old 13th Apr 2015 at 10:37 AM
Thank you!
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#10 Old 13th Apr 2015 at 10:40 AM
This is a really good idea ! Thank you
Test Subject
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#11 Old 13th Apr 2015 at 12:57 PM
Huge thank you for this!
Lab Assistant
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#12 Old 13th Apr 2015 at 3:22 PM
Absolutely fabulous! Thanks! <3
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#13 Old 13th Apr 2015 at 5:47 PM
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Originally Posted by desiree101
This is great, thank you!
So to be sure, I still have inge's buffet table installed which I use regularly, do I need to uninstall hers to use yours, since yours do the same things and more? Could I use your default mod together with Inge's mod if I wanted to use both (which I probably won't eventually lol)?

Edit: Sorry for the questions, but the stand-alone zip file has only 4 items (not including the 'buffet table) whereas the defaults has 5 including the 'buffet table' package - is this intentional? I would like to use the stand-alone tables but there's only the 'seasons' tables available.


No problems! I don't mind questions at all.

There is no stand-alone base game table because it's essentially the same thing as Inge's, just without the changes to the channels. You can leave hers installed and still use these without issue.

Heaven Sims | Avendale Legacy
"On the internet, you can be anything you want. It's strange that so many people choose to be stupid."
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#14 Old 13th Apr 2015 at 8:28 PM
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Originally Posted by heaven
No problems! I don't mind questions at all.

There is no stand-alone base game table because it's essentially the same thing as Inge's, just without the changes to the channels. You can leave hers installed and still use these without issue.


Oh I see, yes. In that case I'll just use all your defaults Thank you!
Field Researcher
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#15 Old 13th Apr 2015 at 11:31 PM
Wow! This makes the buffet tables MUCH more useful! Which I know you already know, but I just had to say thank you!
Test Subject
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#16 Old 15th Apr 2015 at 2:00 AM
O_O Muchísimas gracias por las mesas de buffet. Thank you so so much! :D
Lab Assistant
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#17 Old 15th Apr 2015 at 5:10 AM
Oooo, sounds useful! Can't wait to try it out. Thanks!
Lab Assistant
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#18 Old 15th Apr 2015 at 2:34 PM
Very useful mod. Thank you.
Test Subject
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#19 Old 15th Apr 2015 at 4:57 PM
thankyou
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#20 Old 16th Apr 2015 at 7:05 PM
I had inge's mod for a while, and yesterday I tried it and it wasn't working, even with no other mods running. No idea what happened. So now I'm using your replacer version. Along with icarus_allsorts mod, it turns laying buffet tables into an art-form. Kudos! So many good mods coming out lately.
Field Researcher
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#21 Old 16th Apr 2015 at 10:16 PM
I'm picking the stand-alone ones to test in 1.57 patch. Thank you!!
Instructor
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#22 Old 18th Apr 2015 at 8:04 PM
Great Job :)
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#23 Old 19th Apr 2015 at 2:30 AM
thanks
Test Subject
#24 Old 23rd Apr 2015 at 4:30 PM
Interesting mod..Does this mod let you call guest to to the buffet table? I hated how they didn't give the buffet table that option cause sims never go to it when i place it down.
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#25 Old 24th Apr 2015 at 10:56 AM
This was so sorely needed! Thank you!
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