The Sims 3 Parties
Throwing a Great Teen, Birthday, or Wedding Party for Sims 3
By Tom Schlueter
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This Sims 3 Guide was originally written for the PC and Mac versions of the game, but also will help owners of the console versions - PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii. Please remember some info or numbers may have changed. It focuses on throwing parties, and discuesses setups that work universally for any type of party. Wedding parties, teen parties, pool or birthday parties. You'll learn to make all your gatherings a success.
Meet Your Party Host: Rage McDefcon5
ďGet off my lot and leave me alone!Ē Okay, am I insane to create an angry old man to be the main character in a party throwing tutorial? Quite the contrary. Rage is the one who is insane. Not only is he insane, but he also has the following traits: Evil, Hot-Headed, Loner, and Mean-Spirited. Of course, I went a bit over the top with Rageís personality, but I did so to illustrate the first pillar of throwing great parties: Party Pillar: #1 Your Simís traits do not matter at all. Thatís right. Choosing Party Animal is a total waste of a trait slot. Friendly, Charismatic, Good, Schmoozer...? Yes, these are all great traits, especially for the Political and Journalism careers, but you donít need these traits to throw a great party. Any traits will do because itís all about your guests.
I did use the ďtestingcheatsenabled trueĒ cheat to shift-click the mailbox and chose ďMake Me Know Everyone.Ē I did this so that everyone who showed up to Rageís party was at the same relationship level ó Acquaintance. Formerly, I had the notion that if you invite over a bunch of close friends, then your chance of throwing a great party goes up. I mean, who wouldnít think that, right? In real life, if you invite 10 of your closest friends over for a party vs. 10 people you just met, then it doesnít take a genius to figure out which party will be more successful. But, this is the Sims and not real life. Sims 3 Party pillar #2: Your relationship with your guests does not matter. There is the special case of Campaign Fundraisers. And in that special kind of party, then a host's relationship strength has a direct impact on how much a particular guest will donate at the end of the party.
So, weíve established that your Simís traits do not matter and his relationship to his guests does not matter. What does affect a successful party in the Sims 3?
Sims 3 Party pillar #3: Guest Mood
This is the whole deal. The big enchilada. And the only thing you really need to focus on for your party to be epic. How you achieve #3 runs the gamut and is only limited by your creativity.
Party Mood Management 101
Letís take a look at the 6 needs bars of any Sim: Hunger, Bladder, Energy, Social, Hygiene, and Fun. All of these feed into the main Mood Meter. If theyíre nearly all green, then a Sim will be Elated and leave your party with 2 thumbs up. Donít concern yourself with Energy or Hygiene for your guests. Those are pretty much out of your control. But, the other 4 needs you can definitely influence:
Hunger- Don't let Party Guests Starve
There are plusses and minuses to getting the buffet table for a party. The plus is that itís passive ó just set it up and let Sims eat whenever they get hungry. Another plus is it can feed an enormous quantity of Sims. If you order a pizza or fix a group serving of food, then youíre only talking about 8 servings. But, the fact that the buffet table is passive is also a downside. You canít click on the buffet table and order everyone to take something like you can with the pizza or a plate of food you prepare. So, Sims will not eat from the buffet table unless they are hungry and your goal is to give them that Nice Meal moodlet and then quickly move them to a group activity for fun (parties only last about 4 hours). Plus, the initial outlay and the per usage fee of the buffet is pretty steep. All in all, Iíd say donít use the buffet table and opt for a pizza or your own home cooked meals.
Bladder - Partygoers can't have fun with the urge to go.
This is not a big concern for you as a host. Donít ignore it, but just have a single toilet stall in a convenient location if you prefer the outdoor design style as I do, or one bathroom indoors in you go traditional design. Make sure thereís plenty of walking space around the stall/bathroom.
Social and Fun at Parties
Iíll talk about below and can be easily tackled with a group activity.
Passive mood boosts for Party Guests
Donít forget to take advantage of passive mood boosts for your guests. The simplest 3 are 1) Beautiful Vista, 2) Nicely Decorated, and 3) Enjoying Music. You can see from Rageís warm welcome picture above that he lives on one of the "Beautiful Vista" Sunset Valley lots (100 Redwood Pkwy). Itís quite cheap at only $3k, but provides a 24/7 +15 moodlet. For Loves the Outdoors Sims and Over-Emotional Sims, the Beautiful Vista moodlet gets amplified even more. And, of course, there are many nicer lots available which result in even bigger Beautiful Vista moodlets.
To get a Nicely Decorated moodlet in your Party Pad, you donít have to spend thousands upon thousands of simoleans. I achieved it with only 3 items totaling around $1200 ó 2 rugs and a statue. Having a painter in your house of course is the ideal ó just hang some Masterpieces around the dancing or TV area for a great mood booster.
The Ultimate Sims 3 Party Set Up
Everythingís ready for the party. 2 Chandelier Rugs, and one Urn of Ranco will supply guests with a Nicely Decorated moodlet. The lot will provide the Beautiful Vista moodlet. The nice stereo will provide 3rd simple passive moodlet, Enjoying Music, and the pizza is hot and ready to be eaten for a quick Nice Meal moodlet. Rage looks like heís excited to make the call and meet some new friends. Is that a smile, Rage? Well, on second thought maybe he only passed gas.
So, what Sims are on the guest list for the Party? I had to call the Goths and Agnes Crumplebotom simply because all four of them have the Grumpy trait. I figured if they would sign off on Rageís party, then anyone would. I also invited the 3 Landgraabs, and Holly and Nick Alto.
Dancing at Parties: Vertical Woo Hoo
After everyone polished off the pizza, Rage moved to the dance floor and threw down like John Travolta. I call group dancing Vertical Woo Hoo because, like Woo Hoo, it quickly fills both Social and Fun bars. Itís just awesome. Have your Sim ďCall Over to DanceĒ every guest on the lot and itís mass fun. Group TV on a really expensive TV raises the fun bar quicker for your Sims, but for pure player enjoyment I think group dancing takes the cake. Itís just so fun to watch.
Nine Sims showed up to Rageís party. All of them were only Aquaintances, and 4 of them were Grumpy. The final result? All 9 said the party was awesome. So, throwing a great party in The Sims 3 is certainly not rocket science and doesn't take huge amounts of simoleans. If you want to grab the Legendary Host reward, go for it. Itís only 5k points and youíll be assured of everyone having a great time. But, with these simple tips, you can easily save yourself the points on spend them on other rewards. And all of these tips can be applied to any party ó a Wedding Party, a Birthday Party, or a Campaign Fundraiser. Itís all the same ó keep your guestsí mood high and everyone leaves happy.PARTY ON!
Depending on the Sim that is aging ups age, you can give them gifts as long as you have The Sims 3 Generations and it can the gift can be placed in your inventory. Go back onto live mode and click the item in your inventory and select give gift. Then choose the sim you would like to give the gift to from the list. Otherwise, click on the sim and select give gift. I am not sure if this is in friendly or if it is with the sub-categories such as friendly, romantic, mean. GIFTS WITHOUT GENERATIONS AND BUY OBJECTS:
If you don't have The Sims 3 Generations or the present you want to give a sim is not able to be placed in your inventory, then just place the object in the Sim's bedroom. If the Sim doesn't live with you, go onto edit town and place the object in their house.
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