Up for Breakfast (If you make breakfast for your guests), you are up:

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3 hours before breakfast time
3% (1 vote)
2.5 hours before breakfast time
21% (6 votes)
2 hours before breakfast time
21% (6 votes)
1.5 hours before breakfast time
21% (6 votes)
1 hour before breakfast time
21% (6 votes)
Under an hour before breakfast time
0% (0 votes)
depends
3% (1 vote)
changes (with number of guests)
10% (3 votes)
Total votes: 29

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We don't live on property.  I'm usually up at 6am to take care of the dogs (outside time, breakfast, more outside time) and at the Inn between 7/730am.  Breakfast is served at 830am.  I have pre-made/frozen from-scratch muffins that I bake & put out for them to eat when they first come down.  Then give them their fresh fruit while we work on the hot breakfast.  

We always set up the coffee pots the night before and tell the guests how to turn them on.  Our kitchen does not have doors to close it off from the guests, so they are able to come in and start their coffee before we get there if they want it that early.  If we know they'll be making it before we come in, we'll set up a special coffee prep area next to the makers so they don't have to take their cup into the dining room where the regular coffee service area is set up.  

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I am not sure how it works in US, but in the UK most B&B's are 'serve yourself' 

 

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Even if it is serve yourself, all of that food needs to get out to where the guests are. So someone is getting up to put it out.

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Serve yourself breakfast or serve yourself coffee? because in the latest poll of Bedposts members of which there are about 900 you either get everything brought to you or its a mixture of self service and service ie we do the cold stuff on the buffet to help yourself and then every breakfast is cooked to order. I would say there is a very small proportion of BB's where is it entirely self service in cases where it is run by one person for example and they only do a cold offering/continental. Which I am not saying can't be substantial but requires less staff.

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Depends.  This past weekend, one in the party wanted coffee at 7, the others had already decided on breakfast at 10.  An extreme case.  We usually put out the coffee one hour before the agreed upon breakfast time.  I allow an hour and a half to prep.

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We get up 1 hour ahead. Breakfast is on the table in an hour. I have to plan a day ahead if I'm going to do something like crepes or blintzes.

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I was up a good 2.5 hours ahead of time.  Even if my dh was around to help, he appeared in the kitchen moments before the first guests were expected, so not much help in the kitchen. 

One thing helped with the morning prep - I stopped putting out coffee super early...I found that the guests were using the single serve coffee maker and the coffee makers in their rooms before they came to the dining room. 

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In my previous life I had to be at work by 9am and would oversleep maybe once a year.  Now I'm usually up by 5:30 or 6 when I have guests.  I slept a little later than usual but didn't oversleep only once in my new life.  It still takes me half an hour of making my coffee and reading the paper before I get cracking with the breakfast.  I'm guilty of trying to do lots of the prep the night before, so it's still casseroles and overnight baked french toast when I have a full house.

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there were a few times when the night was stress-filled with guest issues, etc and i'd oversleep ... rushing to the kitchen with minutes to spare (or not) and i'd hear tap tap tap on the kitchen door ... 'hallooooo ... are you ready for us?'  nightmare!!!

 

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If I have a full house I'm usually up about 2 to 3 hours before breakfast (depending on how ambitious I want to be with breakfast).  We don't have any common areas in the Inn, so breakfast either has to be delivered or I set it up on the porch.  If I have a large group then I do casseroles which I can prep the night before, single rooms then I'll do pancakes or my baked eggs which don't take long.  I have gotten away with getting up 45 minutes before breakfast with a single room but that's pushing it, darn snooze button is just too tempting sometimes. Oh and I do all the prep and serving, DH isn't much of a people person or a morning person for that matter.  He's mainly just my handy man.

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Our prep work is mostly prepping the trays and beverages the night before. Since we deliver, the first thing we get out in the morning is the beverage trays. Juices, milk, 1/2 is already poured to be placed on the trays. Coffee and hot water kettle are on timers and is all ready when we get into the kitchen in the morning. The delivery trays have been prepped with silver service (wrapped in their napkins), bowls, small plates and bread baskets are on the trays.

I rarely do an overnight dish anymore.

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I never do anything the night before (other than make sure I have the ingred's) I don't bake anymore, if I do it is something like the orange marmalade coffee cake that is assembled on the spot (so have to make sure I have a enough time to assemble and then bake time).

I have more and more gone to fresh made right then breakfasts, no not short order, but nothing that involved casserole or overnighting or prep time.   2011 I did not make even one quiche. My family keeps asking for them, I used to add some savory ingred's to make them super, but I haven't. Not sure why, just haven't, I am still on the pecan kick.

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I chose 1 1/2 but it's really 1 1/4 hours ahead. It doesn't matter what I look like in the kitchen since I don't see guests until after breakfast most of the time.

It's still amazing to me how we can get these fab breakfasts out in such little time! For us, prepping the night before is a big help.

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Breakfast Diva wrote:

It's still amazing to me how we can get these fab breakfasts out in such little time! For us, prepping the night before is a big help.

I have been doing this while on my own here this weekend. Set up all my slicing and dicing the night before and it's all ready to cook in the morning.

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I set the table the night before. IF I am going to have a "short night" - less than 4 hours of sleep - I will measure the dry ingredients of the muffins in one bowl and the first flour/yeast/sugar for the bread in another. That way I can finish muffins and get them in oven and add the hot water and rest of the flour while the muffins bake and get done faster = an extra 15 min of sleep. The 2 hours includes rubbing sleep from my eyes and 10 minutes to get dressed.

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 Dh is up 3 hours ahead to make coffee, light a fire if it is cool, set the table and unload the dishwasher.  I can get away with 1.5 hours but usually wake up before that since the sun rises in my face at about 4:30!  

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 I am up 2 hours ahead of time, but I spend about an hour of that doing other things - 1/2 hour walk, shower, a little email and forum review.  We put coffee out 1 1/2 hours before breakfast, so both of us are up about 2 hours ahead (DH takes care of the coffee).  For a full house, I prep a lot the day before and I have planned how I will use the single oven in the morning if I need it.

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I need 2 hours - whether I have one room or 3. I have done it in 1.5 but that was too rushed. I like to have a smooth momentum AND have time if someone comes down needing something or wanting to chat.

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You need to add how many guests we are serving! 1 room? 10 rooms? Times will be different for small groups! Just an idea. I have wondered about this question before!

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Bob wrote:
You need to add how many guests we are serving! 1 room? 10 rooms? Times will be different for small groups! Just an idea. I have wondered about this question before!

See the last poll option.

You can can't put them on each selection the poll would be 100 foot long.  So the last option, then explain. Full house vs one room - huge diff in prep time (and clean up time!)

There are MANY variables... breakfast served to rooms (delivered) vs in a dining room, or outside on a patio or porch/deck. Are you alone at breakfast time vs have assistance? Ie someone to serve or someone to cook? Weekends vs weekdays your spouse might be there to assist. It all varies...

But the question still stands "What time do YOU GET UP?" 

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OK, I'm up 2 hours ahead. DH swears he needs 3 hours.

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