If you have a close friend or family member who's currently planning a summer wedding, why not take the shower outdoors? Fun and sun is best enjoyed on a sandy beach where the biggest distraction is the crashing of waves, and your only worry will be getting too tan.
If you have the time and money, rent a house on the beach. A beach house affords you greater privacy, so you and your guests can converse and partake in the the bridal festivities without worrying about taking up prime sandy real estate. There are a slew of houses available on vacation-planning websites you can rent for a week at a time, or you can hunt on Craigslist.com for surfside residences that charge per night.
The benefit of spending a day at the beach is the wide range of activities that will be open to you. With a cooler and some beach furniture, everyone can still engage in the normal shower shenanigans, like gifts, games and food. If you choose your location wisely you will have the opportunity to turn a normal shower into a day of incredible experiences. If everyone is feeling sporty, toss around a Frisbee or play a game of badminton, and cool off after with a dip in the ocean. Snorkels, goggles and boogie boards will also make fun favors.
Don't let possible detriments of a day in the sun get in the way of your fun. Some of your guests might be susceptible to the hot rays, so be prepared with shade and protection. As for the favor, consider creating a special sun-themed goodie bag that includes personalized sunscreen, an Asian sandlewood fan and a few bottles of water. Place them inside a small plastic bucket an watch as party attendees grin from ear to ear.