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Ten unique bar mitzvah sign-in board ideas

Beyond the plain white board

for The Brooklyn Paper

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If your child is beginning to stich together a passion for fashion, use a white dress as a unique sign-in board. Have it stand out by hanging it on a dressmakers mannequin, which can double as a practical tool for your kid’s future sewing studio (sophie-world.com).
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Partygoers can leave their “autograph” on an oversized baseball, which creates a great keepsake for a birthday boy throwing a baseball-themed bar mitzvah (sophie-world.com).
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This sign-in board will be the center of the party – after the birthday girl, of course. In addition to signing their names, guests can leave stickers, photos, and magnets to further dress it up (sophie-world.com).
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Moo-ve over generic sign-in boards! A giant cow is perfect for a kitschy kid with a quirky sense of humor. It’s also a great conversation starter in addition to being a completely original sign-in board (sophie-world.com).
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A Monopoly sign-in board is as sweet as building a hotel on Boardwalk. This board game-inspired sign-in board is by Life O’ the Party (www.lotparty.com).
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Katie Fischer Design also created this illustrated story of the bat mitzvah child and her family. The piece can be framed as a treasured memento once all the guests have signed their names around the edges (www.katiefischerdesign.com).
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Not all sign-in boards have to take center stage. This simple drawing of birch trees by Katie Fischer Design is perfect for a nature or art lover, and makes it easy for guests to sign their names on the lines of the trees (www.katiefischerdesign.com).
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Graphics can be designed to suit any taste and theme, and for the party boy with a silly sense of humor, this parody board by Life O’ the Party is sure to make everyone giggle (www.lotparty.com).
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Sign-in boards don’t necessarily have to feature photos, as this fun Hollywood-themed design by Life O’ the Party demonstrates (www.lotparty.com).

There are plenty of traditions to uphold when it comes to your bar or bat mitzvah. Yet one that is perfectly kosher to buck is the standard sign-in board.

In lieu of a guestbook, many bar mitzvah kids opt to have a white poster with a portrait of themselves that guests can sign when they arrive at a reception. But some kids are now deciding to personalize this aspect of their celebration to match their party’s theme or unique personality.

And some options aren’t even boards!

We spoke to three party-planners and got a few ideas that will make your party extra special. Just click through our above slide show and get your creative juices flowing!

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