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Our 13 favorite moments from Hoda's 50th birthday celebration

Aug. 8, 2014 at 12:57 PM ET

Hoda has had one heck of a week leading up to her 50th birthday. 

Hoda got to sing back-up for Kenny Loggins, she took us with her on her medical check-up and even talked about what happens in the bedroom after 50.

Before the Fourth Hour, Savannah, Carson, Natalie, Al and Tamron surprised her with a three-layer birthday cake whipped up by baked Karen Tack, the cake aficionado behind the Hello, Cupcake! blog and book.  

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The first layer featured two of Hoda’s favorite things: her dog, Blake, and the beach; the second layer featured a guitar and musical notes, in honor of Hoda learning to play guitar; and the third layer featured delicious baklava created by Hoda’s mom Sami. While the cake took a pro to make, you can make Sami’s mouthwatering baklava at home with this expert recipe.  

WATCH: Hoda gets birthday message from Michelle Obama

During the birthday celebration with her pal Kathie Lee, she was treated like a queen and had surprise after surprise after surprise!

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"Grandma's arrived!" She exclaimed while getting a lift to Studio 1A in a 1964 Ford Mustang convertible.

WATCH: Hoda gets a lift from Dean Cain for her birthday!

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Hoda's driver was no ordinary guy. It was the suave Dean Cain who has a history of charming our girl.

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Not to be upstaged by Superman, Blake Shelton dropped by, too. Well, kinda.

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Throwing down some beats for the big show was one of Hoda's favorite DJs: Lil Jon! 

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"This is part of my dream right here," an excited Hoda exclaimed. 

It only took a few sips of birthday champagne with her pal Kathie Lee....

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...before Hoda hopped out of her seat to bust a few club-style moves while Lil Jon blasted Pharrell's hit tune "Happy." 

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She got some hilarious advice from three comedians including Judy Gold, reminding her of one of the perils of turning the big 5-0.

WATCH: Three female comics give Hoda hilarious advice for 50

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Hoda proclaimed the fall fashion segment was the "best one ever!"

Why?

Because her good friends Jennifer Miller and Jane Lorenzini walked on as models to surprise her.

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Country crooner Paul Sikes serenaded her with his new song "Jackhammer."

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The show ended with Hoda surrounded by her loving TODAY family...

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...who toasted her while she blew out her candles and wished for good health in the next year.

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"I do a lot of things that are okay in my life, but I do one thing very well: I pick good friends," she said while getting a little misty. 

Cheers Hoda! We love you!

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