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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.*,**
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
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
heaven_BuffetTables_DefaultReplacements.rar

Size: 2.34 MB · Downloads: 8,550 · 12th Apr 2015
2.34 MB 8,550 12th Apr 2015
heaven_BuffetTables.rar

Size: 2.76 MB · Downloads: 14,348 · 12th Apr 2015
2.76 MB 14,348 12th Apr 2015
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
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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#26 Old 30th Apr 2015 at 5:23 AM
I've wanted something like this for the longest! Thank you so much! :D
Test Subject
#27 Old 8th Jul 2015 at 12:13 PM
Why do I get only black circles in buy mode
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#28 Old 8th Jul 2015 at 2:56 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by jaydan.pein
Why do I get only black circles in buy mode

Black circles where? I'm honestly not sure as that's not an issue I ran into in any of my testing. Can you take a picture of it?

Heaven Sims | Avendale Legacy
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Theorist
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#29 Old 12th Jul 2015 at 8:01 PM
Thanks so much. This helps make a party more interesting. Will be trying it out asap.
Lab Assistant
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#30 Old 16th Jul 2015 at 1:03 AM
Much better! Thank you.

You can never go wrong with cookies, but who serves turkey and salad at a kid's party?
Lab Assistant
#31 Old 24th Jul 2015 at 5:41 PM Last edited by janyses : 24th Jul 2015 at 6:13 PM.
Quote:
Originally Posted by heaven
Black circles where? I'm honestly not sure as that's not an issue I ran into in any of my testing. Can you take a picture of it?


The modded tables appear as little "jig" balls in Buy mode, next to the EA tables which still have the original interactions (Serve>$250.) They still appear as little balls when placed. Basically, the defaults are not being replaced.
ETA: I guess I should have used Print Screen instead of the in-game camera. Was trying to show how they look in Buy Mode.

@jaydan.pein, maybe you need to decrap the replacements if your original tables are decrapped also?
Screenshots
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#32 Old 24th Jul 2015 at 6:27 PM
I tested these in both my regular gameplay user files as well as a set of vanilla user files. I had no issues with either version. I did not test how they would react with decrapped content as mine is not decrapped. If your original files are not installed through the launcher directly from the store and you're having issues, unfortunately I can't help you. Except to suggest deleting those and using the non-default replacements instead.

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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30th Aug 2015 at 6:53 PM Last edited by janyses : 12th Sep 2015 at 3:43 AM.
This message has been deleted by janyses. Reason: Figured it Out
Field Researcher
#33 Old 7th Sep 2015 at 6:40 PM
Delphy's Dashboard shows conflicts between your stand alone tables. It is probably just because of redundant code in each and if it is all the same code then there is probably no problem, but I just wanted to bring this to your attention.

Have a bright platinum diamond day!
Deb
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#34 Old 24th Sep 2015 at 4:58 PM
REALLY! Thank you so very much for this one!
Test Subject
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#35 Old 4th Oct 2015 at 3:15 PM
Thank you!
Lab Assistant
#36 Old 5th Oct 2015 at 3:03 AM
If you ever update, an option to "call to meal" would be a great added bonus. Great mod!
Test Subject
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#37 Old 11th Oct 2015 at 2:10 PM
Love the buffet tables for Halloween, wanted something like this and so glad I finally found it!!
Test Subject
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#38 Old 6th Nov 2015 at 10:56 AM
THIS IS AWESOME THANKS...
Test Subject
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#39 Old 13th Feb 2016 at 1:00 AM
Anything with food is a winner in my book (even if it's virtual). Thanks!
Test Subject
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#40 Old 8th Sep 2016 at 6:01 AM
I can't believe it took me so long to find this because my gods, the number of times I've thought "I wish I could just recolor that part and it would fit here so much better". Thanks for this. You did an amazing job!
Test Subject
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#41 Old 26th Sep 2016 at 7:43 PM
awesome and you party pics are just wonderful!!
Test Subject
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#42 Old 3rd Nov 2016 at 10:01 PM
Wow, this is great! Thanks!
Mad Poster
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#43 Old 8th Dec 2017 at 5:56 PM
Frikkin frakkin GENIUS!!! ^0^
Test Subject
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#44 Old 3rd Feb 2018 at 7:01 PM
LOVE THIS!!!! :)
Lab Assistant
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#45 Old 5th Jul 2018 at 7:49 AM
Thanks! (also I love the kid's B-Day party pic :P)
Lab Assistant
#46 Old 27th Oct 2018 at 1:43 AM Last edited by Veralidaine : 29th Oct 2018 at 2:33 AM.
I have tried so many times and I cannot get this one to work. I've tried putting the mod in packages and overrides, I've tried deleting it and redownloading it, but it's never recognized as existing in my game! Does it not work anymore?

Edit: I'm a dork. I must have missed them when extracting other mods. The base game buffet table, the Christmas/Hanukkah one, and the Halloween one all work as intended, however the wedding one just shows up as a gray circle in buy mode, like the fog emitters in buydebug. Any idea why?
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#47 Old 28th Jul 2021 at 11:14 PM
Only one shoes up for me but idc!!! I love this mod!!
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