An unexpected thunderstorm can certainly dampen plans for an evening under the stars. If you’re planning to host friends and family at a backyard barbecue this summer, don’t forget to have a back-up plan that keeps guests out of the rain.

When the weather doesn’t cooperate, David Watson from Netflix suggests the following tips for keeping guests entertained indoors by hosting a movie night – fit for the whole family:

• Bring outdoor furniture in. This will ensure you have enough seating space for all of your guests. Keeps the furniture out of the rain and makes sure your guests are comfortable.

• Turn barbecuing into baking. Simply turn on the oven and bake the food that you were planning to grill. Serve everything family style for easy snacking.

• Take it to a vote. A streaming service like Netflix has become really popular—and it will give your guests thousands of movie or TV show selections. Appoint someone as navigator to search for the movie by genre, title, or action superstar, and give the group the option to vote on their favourite. There is also a specialized ‘Just for Kids’ section that offers tons of family-friendly titles.

• Pause for play. Every movie has a catchy phrase or an amazing action sequence. Pause the movie and get guests in on the action by role playing scenes from the movie. It’s a great way to avoid getting restless as the evening progresses.

No need to let a little rain ruin your evening with friends and family. Instead, pull up your favourite chair and enjoy the movie.

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