Sixteen Candles, Janique Style

As per tradition here in America, a girl’s got to have a really poppin’ party for her sixteenth birthday. It’s her sweet sixteen, after all! So a great party is exactly what Janique got.

Janique’s parents threw her a surprise birthday party at Bowlmor Lanes in San Jose earlier this month, and surprised she was. Her face was ecstatic when she came in with all her friends, and she couldn’t help but dance. Luckily, Tori and Allen were there on the scene to capture the whole thing.

The energy of the group went to a whole new level when a special surprise was revealed. None other than Derek King, the up-and-coming R&B artist from Oakland, showed up to hang out. He and his crew bowled with everyone and posed for group photos. Derek even gave Janique a birthday kiss.

If that’s not enough excitement for one day, there was yet another surprise… Former American Idol contestant, DeAndre Brackensick was invited to hang out as well! He received a proper greeting with hugs and all, and danced with the guests, just spreading around some good vibes.

Meanwhile, Tori and Allen snapped about a million photos, including a few on the “red carpet”. A backdrop had been setup for Janique and her friends to pose in front of, so they could be celebrities for the day.

In the end, the party turned out to be four hours of fun, and Janique’s mom was so happy with the success it turned out to be. It was our pleasure to photograph all the smiles and laughter. Happy birthday, Janique!

Be sure to check out some of the photos from the event in the gallery below!

Written by Danika Lam