I've tried a gazillon permutations of
At this point the only thing that changes anything is
and that only changes the background around the text itself, not the button background.
Best answer by Pratap Kumble
So ideally you can give the 1st button(blue) one color and the rest of the other buttons another color. Have also added the hover styles.
The colors in the CSS are quiet contrasting just to make it easier to change. :)
Please let me know if this helped and was the need.