It's similar to a DJ, but I don't mean night clubs or music only. What is the general word for a person who directs the crowd during a party, and announces things?

Toast master is one word.
Show runner?
Anchor man?
Party announcer?
MC - master of ceremony? But this is only for breakdance, rap battles etc.

I'd like to know other synonyms.

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    May be we can call him/her a 'social butterfly' -A social butterfly is a slang term for a person who is socially dynamic, networking, charismatic, and personally gregarious. (Wiki) – Misti Dec 5 '14 at 16:13
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    @MystiSinha, I think a social butterfly would "work the room" and be quite comfortable at a party but wouldn't necessarily be the one running the games, etc. - though they would probably do quite well at that, given their gregarious nature. – Kristina Lopez Dec 5 '14 at 16:21
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    @Mysti Sinha: I don't think so. A social butterfly is usually someone who "promiscuously" spreads their [superficial] social contact across many people. Particularly, in different social groups, leading to the common implication that such a person isn't particularly committed to any specific social group, and would therefore be unlikely to actively organise group activities. – FumbleFingers Dec 5 '14 at 16:21
  • i've heard party planner for this, but party planners don't necessarily attend the party, i suppose – user428517 Dec 5 '14 at 18:22

Master of ceremonies (MC) is actually a good fit here.

It's true that MC is a term used in hip-hop, but that's simply borrowed from the more general term.

MW notes that the term is from the 1600s... predates hip-hop quite a bit

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  • I feel like 'emcee' has become to mean more of this while MC implies the rap connection (however it was originally intended). My only source for this is my gut, though. – thumbtackthief Dec 5 '14 at 16:53

You could use event organizer

At many commercial/party venues, this person is typically a staff member of the venue. At smaller/informal gatherings, the event organizer and the host may be one in the same person.

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