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Dinner for 8 (extra servings for all meals)

by Neder Posted 26th Apr 2009 at 8:20 PM - Updated 29th Jul 2011 at 2:32 PM by Neder : Edited to update
74 Comments / replies (Who?) - 10 Feedback Posts, 15 Thanks Posts
Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
Let's see... Maximum number of Sims per household: 8
Number of seats at the largest dining tables: 8
Number of servings per meal: 6

It's the Hot Dog/Bun conundrum.

Now all meals can come with 8 servings instead of the default 6. Full houses, small dinner parties, even dorms can now be fed by a single cooked meal (you know, as long as there are only 8 Sims).

I'm almost certain that someone, somewhere has done this already, but I'll be darned if I can find it. So I made this one.

I believe I included all Sim-cookable foods from the base game and all expansions.
Expansion Foods:
Crepes Suzette
Berry Pie
Golden Trout
Appetizer Plates
Comfort Soup

If you have no expansions, fear not, the game will ignore the unrecognized files (and they're tiny).

This will not work with custom food objects. Each food had to be modified individually.
If you have a custom food that replaces a Maxis food, then this mod should affect it.

Update 07/29/2011
You may want to check out Variable Meal Servings. It is compatible with this mod, though it renders it semi-obsolete.

Anyway, Bon Appetit!

Additional Credits:
Thanks to the SimPE team for keeping this game interesting

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

Sims 2
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Test Subject
#51 Old 9th Dec 2009 at 3:02 AM
While I never understood the hotdog-bun dilemma (my mom's always bought hotdogs in packages of 8 and buns packs of 8), I can see how this is useful. :D
Lab Assistant
#52 Old 17th Dec 2009 at 3:40 PM
I love the design, thx.
Test Subject
#53 Old 23rd Feb 2010 at 4:48 AM
thnaks for this! It would be reall yhelpful in my Game :D
Test Subject
#54 Old 25th Feb 2010 at 12:05 AM
Thanks, My sims always have to cook twice this is helpful thanks!
Top Secret Researcher
#55 Old 3rd Jul 2010 at 9:02 AM
Because of a hack that allows me to have up to 50 sims in the house, I have a bit more sims than 8. Can you make something like this for 16 sims or something?
Or can I just change that number in your package (I saw it varies between 3 and 7 in the package itself.)
Is it possible to make this for custom foods as well?

Where did your MTS uploads go?
Contact me here:
Overview all my creations: Download at once (SimFileShare)
Field Researcher
Original Poster
#56 Old 3rd Jul 2010 at 1:02 PM
The only number that's changed is in line B (11 in decimal). That's the constant that indicates the number of servings when the meal is created.
Also in the package, I changed the line that says "stack size" in the tuning BCON that's not linked to a specific food (this allows Sims to pick up a greater number of dishes).
Yup, it's not that hard- just tedious.
I don't see why it wouldn't work for any custom foods as well.
One thing I thought of was making different numbers of servings for different meals in a group (breakfast, lunch. dinner). I'm getting sick of leftovers in my smaller families.
Good luck. PM me if you run into problems.
Top Secret Researcher
#57 Old 3rd Jul 2010 at 2:09 PM
Ok, thank you for the quick reply.
I really like expanding my knowledge in modifying things like this.
I changed everything to 16 and the "stack size" to 20. As there can be sixteen plates to clean up now.
I really like leftovers actually. That's way easier for late working parents and for kids.
I'll let you know how it worked out as I'm testing it now in my game.
Maybe it's better to continue this conversation in PM.

Where did your MTS uploads go?
Contact me here:
Overview all my creations: Download at once (SimFileShare)
#58 Old 4th Aug 2010 at 11:13 AM
Yeah, this always annoyed me, too...move a family of four into a neighborhood, have someone serve a meal when the neighbors show up to welcome them, and someone goes hungry. Stoopid Maxis. Anyway, thanks for a much needed and greatly appreciated game mod.
Lab Assistant
#59 Old 7th Sep 2010 at 12:25 AM
Thanks, this will be very useful.
Lab Assistant
#60 Old 2nd Feb 2011 at 6:18 AM
Zoobie! (as my Sims like to say) I love it!
Test Subject
#61 Old 8th Jan 2012 at 3:21 PM
Thank you. Now I don't have to get one of my sims to cook dinnner TWICE and put the rest in the bin/fridge again.
Lab Assistant
#62 Old 8th Jun 2012 at 11:23 PM
Thank you, sooo much! My couple who wants 10 kids (yeah 10. Mad sims..) Can now feed their 6 children and themselves! Thanks!
Lab Assistant
#63 Old 19th May 2013 at 1:45 AM
Thank you!
Test Subject
#64 Old 3rd Nov 2013 at 11:55 PM
A must have for the game, thanks!
Test Subject
#65 Old 16th Feb 2014 at 1:11 AM
Finally, enough food for the whole family without having to cook more!! BIG THANKS for this mod!
Test Subject
#66 Old 5th Jul 2014 at 7:26 PM
Thank you ! :)
Lab Assistant
#67 Old 12th Dec 2014 at 10:14 AM
very useful thanks
#68 Old 1st Mar 2015 at 10:38 AM
An important and useful yet kinda invisible modification everyone should consider downloading.
#69 Old 9th May 2015 at 3:06 PM
A must-have download for everyone with big families!
Test Subject
#70 Old 10th May 2015 at 8:10 AM
This hack has been a dream. Thank you!
Test Subject
#71 Old 8th Aug 2015 at 2:34 PM
I'm signed in and every time I try to download the mod, it says I'm signed in as a guest. I don't know if it's a website problem or a glitch with this particular mod.
Field Researcher
Original Poster
#72 Old 8th Aug 2015 at 3:19 PM
My stats are showing a few downloads per day of this mod, marshabruenig, so some people are able to get to it, leading me to believe the problem must be on your end.
You may want to check the Site Questions and Issues forum.
Also, Variable Meal Servings is a more versatile mod that allows you to set the servings to several different amounts and change it in game whenever you want.
Good luck
Test Subject
#73 Old 5th Mar 2016 at 8:44 AM
thank you
Mad Poster
#74 Old 19th Feb 2017 at 5:48 PM
Thank you
Mad Poster
#75 Old 17th Sep 2017 at 4:38 AM
Very useful! Thank you!
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