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Mariska Hargitay Turned 60 With a Lavish Cake & Car Filled With "Magic Balloons"

The Law & Order: Special Victims Unit star shared snapshots to Instagram from her big day. 

By Jackie Manno

January 23 marked Law & Order: Special Victims Unit star Mariska Hargitay's 60th birthday, and she embraced the milestone with pure joy. 

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She took to her official Instagram page to share pics from the big day. In one photo, she's blowing out candles on a lavishly-decorated cake with frosting roses. 

"Thank you for making my birthday wishes come true!✨✨✨✨ #FeelngTheLove and is that the prettiest cake or what?💕💕💕#BestDayEver I’m still recovering from all the love bombing💕💕💕💕💕" she captioned the post, showing gratitude towards her friends and family. 

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Then, we catch a glimpse of her grinning from ear to ear while immersed in a pile of balloons. 

"Day was filled with crazy love. Thank you friends♥️✨💕💝🎈 #ThingsAreLookingUp #BirthdayGirl #HappyGirl #Ready" she wrote on the post. 

"🎈🎈🎈🎈🎈🎈 thank you for the magic balloons @ashleybrittmcdermott best car ride home Ever @isabelgillies," she captioned another post of her smiling while peaking out from an array of pink balloons. 

Happy birthday, Mariska!

See the fun pictures down later in this post! 

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A day earlier, her on-screen son, Ryan Buggle, who plays Noah Benson on SVU, gave her the best birthday shoutout

"Happy Birthday M!! I love you more than words. You're a masterclass for life, and I think this day should be a national holiday! When people ask me what it's like working with you I pretty much just say that I pinch myself because they should take how great they already think you are and multiply by infinity!" he captioned a post filled with throwback pics of the two on set. 

Mariska Hargitay reflects on turning 60

In a recent interview with People, the actress opened up about what achieving the major 60th birthday milestone means to her. 

“I’m so excited. I announce it constantly. I’m proud of it. I’m stronger than I’ve ever been,” she told the outlet. The age thing was never something I was scared of. I didn’t get cast until I was 35, and then the show kept going as I aged. At 45, we’d been on for 10 years, and I just met my husband. The man of my dreams. I got married at 40. I had August at 42. So it was like defying all the odds."

She continued, "I won an Emmy and all these major things kept happening. I didn’t take anything for granted. My beautiful children.  And then in my 50s, my foundation is on fire, and I’m on a show that matters, and I’m counting my lucky stars. How did I get here? And why does nobody care how old I am?”