Hoda gets a huge birthday surprise

Aug. 9, 2011 at 11:11 AM ET

It's Hoda's birthday and to celebrate, a very special guest made his national television debut.

Hoda's boyfriend Jay arrived on set with flowers and a kiss to celebrate her 47th. 

It was a big moment for the couple: Though we first caught a glimpse of the attorney and single dad in July, this was the first time he's appeared on the show in the flesh.

Previously, the low-key duo had been keeping the details of their romance under wraps for months.

Later in the show, Sara got into the birthday spirit -- literally -- and climbed inside a giant cake costume to serenade the fourth hour co-host.

Even singer Vanessa Carlton, one of Hoda's favorite performers, hit the piano to sing a song. 

It's been a big couple of months for Hoda, whose book, "Hoda: How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer and Kathie Lee" is burning up the best-seller charts.

Watch her talk about it here. Writing the book, she said, played a big part in her meeting Jay. 

Here's to many more happy moments for Hoda, on-air and otherwise. Here are some of her best moments:

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