If I had it all over to do again, I think I would consider using wedding place card holders like these. Aren't they cute? One of my many discoveries while rolling around in Etsy. It would easily work with one of our printable place card templates, or you could make one of your own.
Now that I think about it, you don't need to be having a wedding, you can use these for a dinner party, thanksgiving or just a romantic dinner for two at home!
Photo from BasillicusJones on Etsy