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: