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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).
Tags: #buffet table, #buffet

Style: Retro Contemporary
Room: Dining Outdoor
Maxis Flags: Not Applicable

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

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Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Basic Download and Install Instructions:

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

2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Origin (Ultimate Collection): Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims™ 2 Ultimate Collection\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows Vista/7/8/10: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads
  • Mac x64: /Library/Containers/com.aspyr.sims2.appstore/Data/Library/Application Support/Aspyr/The Sims 2/Downloads
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Lab Assistant
#2 Old 28th Jun 2007 at 6:47 PM
This is great! Thanks so much for this!
#3 Old 28th Jun 2007 at 6:47 PM
Waow ! Bravo MaryLou !!! It's an excellent idea and a superb realisation ! Well done, it's a very ! Many thanks for sharing !

All of nature is within us and we are part of all nature (Chief White Cloud)
#4 Old 28th Jun 2007 at 7:11 PM
How wonderful!

Reyn Silversong-Sim Architect

Terms of Use-All of my stuff is available for use anywhere that is free. All I ask is credit and a link back to the objects in question, or the house they are featured with. DO NOT POST ON THE EXCHANGE!
Field Researcher
#5 Old 28th Jun 2007 at 7:15 PM
Oh my gob, this is so great! Thank you so very much and fantastic job ;-)
Lab Assistant
#6 Old 28th Jun 2007 at 7:16 PM
Yes! No more boring turkey/gelatin/salad parties!

Sclumbly doo! Bannoodle visudlbre!
If you can translate, I will give you a cookie :)
Lab Assistant
#7 Old 28th Jun 2007 at 7:55 PM
Can someone make a clear tablecloth of this! But still... I luv it anyway!
Lab Assistant
#8 Old 28th Jun 2007 at 7:59 PM
Too fabulous for words!!!! Thanks MaryLou!!!!!!!!!

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Top Secret Researcher
#9 Old 28th Jun 2007 at 8:29 PM
Wonderful. Fabulous. Awesome. And more! Thank you!
Lab Assistant
#10 Old 28th Jun 2007 at 9:10 PM
Amazing! And it involves food, especially spaghetti! I love spaghetti. So do my sims, and they thank you.

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Lab Assistant
#11 Old 28th Jun 2007 at 9:38 PM
These looks great and will be perfect for an all you can eat buffet resturant. I would make them pay one price to get in (ticket machine) and then they can eat all they want!!!



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Field Researcher
#12 Old 28th Jun 2007 at 10:15 PM
Thank you so much, I might actually throw parties again now Seriously, the choice of food (or lack thereof) was getting old, it's great that there's a choice depending on the party

Please don't PM/IM me with requests
#13 Old 28th Jun 2007 at 10:20 PM
Nice work! It's nice to have a little variety! Thanks

Please do not re-upload my houses or Sims anywhere, even if it is just refurnished.

Thank you for your consideration.
Not actually evil.
#14 Old 28th Jun 2007 at 10:25 PM
Just wonderful! I love variety and different "price options" for food. Thanks for sharing.
#15 Old 28th Jun 2007 at 10:49 PM
Thanks MaryLou! Using the old Maxis ones didn't have enough food variety. Thanks very much.


kind of.
Demon Sheep
retired moderator
#16 Old 28th Jun 2007 at 11:25 PM
Eeee! I've wanted something like this since the game came out, but never envisioned such a wonderful version. It's perfect! Thank you Marylou!!!
Top Secret Researcher
#17 Old 28th Jun 2007 at 11:28 PM
Thank you MaryLou , wonderful idea and execution!

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#18 Old 28th Jun 2007 at 11:40 PM
Great job on this MaryLou! Thanks so much for sharing your hard work.
Test Subject
#19 Old 29th Jun 2007 at 12:11 AM
amazing job, and thank you. i always cook before a party cause the buffet is sooo bad.
#20 Old 29th Jun 2007 at 12:15 AM
Wow. You made amazing buffet food.

Update: July 2009-I am back now to make invisible and tranparent recolors again in sims 2. You can pm me if you want your objects to be invisible and transparent from now.
Top Secret Researcher
#21 Old 29th Jun 2007 at 12:30 AM
Nice nice nice!!!

Thank you so much for this, such a fab idea! Love it
#22 Old 29th Jun 2007 at 2:49 AM
This is just wonderful! Thank you so much! :D
Field Researcher
#23 Old 29th Jun 2007 at 4:06 AM
Wow this is awesome! I stopped using the Maxis version because I got so bored with the food... This will be great for parties! Thanks so much!
Field Researcher
#24 Old 29th Jun 2007 at 5:02 AM
Very very cool. Thanks.

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Field Researcher
#25 Old 29th Jun 2007 at 7:08 AM
Very cool, thanks so much!
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