I am able to change the background color for each of my main menu items (e.g. Western Reunion) by designating the background image as discussed above.
When I create a submenu item (e.g. hotel) using the same image e.g. images/background_w.png (this is a solid royal blue) then both the submenu item page and the main menu item just return to black background.
If I "unpublish" the submenu item, then the main menu goes back to blue without doing anything else. So somehow it seems a submenu item is overriding the color settings for everything up the line.
I have triple checked all the settings on both and can't figure out what I'm doing wrong. I even made a direct copy of the main menu item article and created the submenu article from it just to make sure those settings were the same.
I am upaded to 1.7 on this setup. http://www.nassreunion.com
Any help here would be appreciated!