Friday, 24 April 2015

A trip to London for the HP Instant Ink Print Party

HP Instant Ink Print Party | Oyster and Pearl UK family/lifestyle blog
HP Instant Ink Print Party | Oyster and Pearl UK family/lifestyle blog
HP Instant Ink Print Party | Oyster and Pearl UK family/lifestyle blog
HP Instant Ink Print Party | Oyster and Pearl UK family/lifestyle blog
HP Instant Ink Print Party | Oyster and Pearl UK family/lifestyle blog
HP Instant Ink Print Party | Oyster and Pearl UK family/lifestyle blog
HP Instant Ink Print Party | Oyster and Pearl UK family/lifestyle blog

A few weeks back we were invited to head for the big smoke to a special bloggers' party hosted by HP (not the sauce, the printer peeps). The boys and I travelled up by train, noses pressed up to the window as the fields whooshed by, and sped across town in a black taxi cab. I think my kids would've been quite happy if that had been our London experience, but much more fun ensued.

We arrived at Maggie and Rose in Kensington, the most beautiful kid-friendly venue I've ever been to, for lunch and a bit of dressing up in the photo booth. T was dressed in his skeleton costume, which made him very easy to spot among the rest of the blog kiddos. Before long, the activities began. HP’s resident ink expert, Thom Brown, explained all about the amazing science behind original HP Ink, and the kids had fun looking through a lens at the tiny dots of ink that make up a printed photograph. Optical illusions, colour mixing, and drawing sessions kept little ones occupied all afternoon.

Back home, we took delivery of our HP ENVY printer and Instant Ink (ensuring we'll never be left without ink again - the ink is delivered straight to the door before you even know you’re running low, and the scheme allows savings of up to 70% on cartridges), and begin putting our new-found knowledge into action. The first pic to be printed was one of a fruit bat - T's all-time favourite animal - and it came out perfectly. More and more photos were printed by my children, who found the printer's touchscreen interface a doddle to use. Have a look and see what made it to our fridge door.



Want to join in? Mobile phones are full of our latest, spontaneous pics of our kids but often that’s where they stay - stuck and imprisoned on our device. If you look around your kitchen, on the fridge or noticeboard, how up to date are the pictures you see? How many of us still have pics of our kids as babies or toddlers on our fridge, when our little ones are long past the baby stage? It’s time to Free Your Pics! Tweet a pic using the hashtag #HPFreeYourPics; together we can update the nation's fridges!

Disclosure: we were compensated for this post.
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