I know I love the beach in the summer time, and one of my friends had a beach wedding last year. I thought it was beautiful and a great setting for pictures. I think that the shower beforehand can capture the theme of the wedding like theirs did. They played tropical music and had topical flowers and sand on tables at the shower to emphasize that it was going to be a beach wedding. Another thing that would be cool if you do a beach themed shower or party would be to use these sand dollars as place card holders. I think these on the table with a glass hurricane candle holder with sand and candles in it would be a great way to carry the theme throughout the party.